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Answers to Common Questions

1.  What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a long-term guide that expresses the values and aspirations of a community. It is the broadest public policy document a community can create for its future physical development considering the input of citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders. It includes a vision statement about the future condition of the County; goals and desired outcomes for each of the plan topics; objectives to measure progress on a goal; and actions to achieve the goal. The plan is a tool to prepare for change. It acts as a guide for decision-makers. The plan is not a legally binding document, but it can serve as a foundation for budgeting decisions, zoning ordinances, land development regulations and more.

2. Why does Wayne County need to update its Comprehensive Plan?

The existing (1997) Comprehensive Plan (and 2007 Audit) needs to be updated to reflect current trends and priorities while being focused on the future. Regular comprehensive planning represents good stewardship and establishes a foundation for well-supported policies to create the best possible future.

3. What can I expect at the workshops?

The Focus on the Future workshops will consist of a brief presentation followed by interactive, small group activities to allow members of the public to share their ideas.

4. Are there opportunities for residents to get involved?

Yes. This is an open and inclusive process. There will be two series of public workshops during the planning process with meetings held in different parts of the County. Anybody who cares about the future of Wayne County will be able to participate and contribute their ideas. There will be other opportunities for additional input, including online engagement through the project website.

5. Do I have to be an expert to contribute ideas?

You are an expert if you live or work in Wayne County. Who knows the community better than someone who lives or works here?

6. What is the timeline for completing the plan?

The plan is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2019.

7. Where can I learn more?

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Pete Wearstler, Director of the Wayne County Planning Department at or 330-287-5422. A website will also be created to serve as a “hub” for information about the project.