Community gives input for city’s comprehensive plan

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

The City of West Point hosted an informal public input session for its proposed comprehensive plan Tuesday night at City Hall. The meeting involved community members sharing their goals and preferences for the future of West Point and Clay County.
Mike Slaughter, of Slaughter and Associates Urban Planning Consultants in Oxford, was on hand to discuss a variety of topics related to the city’s future growth. Slaughter said a comprehensive plan is a statement of public policy for the physical development of a community.
“It indicates how the leaders of government and the citizens want the community to develop over the next 20 to 25 years,” Slaughter said. “That’s the planning horizons, and doesn’t mean this document would be used for 25 years. The minimum in which it should be implemented is five years, and then the city can maybe consider taking another look at it so they always have an up-to-date document in guiding development.”
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the city’s previous comprehensive was out of date and in desperate need of an update.
“All this came up about a year and a half ago when the planning commission came to me and wanted a city’s comprehensive plan,” Robinson said. “We finally found a copy that dates back to the early 70s in the historical room at the library.”
See more of this story in Thursday's Daily Times Leader.