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Port Royal surveying residents about town’s future

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

The Town of Port Royal is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, and the Planning Commission has some questions for residents.

The commission has developed a survey asking the community where it would like to see itself in the next 20 years.

Survey participants can indicate what they would like Port Royal to look like in the future, what they would like to change about the town, and other information to help the commission revise the comp plan.

All Virginia localities are required by law to review their comprehensive plans every five years. The comp plan is a planning document designed to guide a community’s growth over a 20-year period. It does not establish any laws.

Copies of the survey are available at the Port Royal Post Office and Town Hall, and planning commissioners will be making other efforts to distribute them to town residents.

“It’s kind of like voting. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain,” Planning Commission Chairman Alex Long said.

He added that this could help the town change in a positive way.

“Community input is very important,” Long said. “Participation is very much appreciated.”

The survey deadline is May 16.

The commission has scheduled an informational meeting on the comp plan update 7 p.m., April 16 at the Port Royal fire station.

Boundary line hearing

The Port Royal Town Council is conducting another public hearing on the proposed boundary line adjustment agreement between the town and Caroline County.

The hearing will take place Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

This is a change from the originally advertised hearing date of April 15.

The boundary adjustment would extend the town’s jurisdiction approximately 500 feet west of Route 301. This would pull more businesses into the town, thereby increasing tax revenue.

Council previously had a public hearing on the topic, but that one occurred before the town and county finalized a boundary line agreement.

A map of the proposed adjustment is available for viewing at Town Hall and the Port Royal Post Office.

For more information by mail, leave a message for the town clerk at (804) 742-5331.