County Commisioner and CFC Inc Debate Land Use Plan

Land commissioners are hoping for a better quality of life with the new land use plan.

Assessors must physically visit all of the county's land plots.

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The Comprehensive Land Use Plan will specify how builders develop land.

Land commissioners are hoping for a better quality of life with the new land use plan.

County Commissioner Mark Stoops says he recognizes that the public is interested in preserving the rural character of Monroe County and environmental protection. The higher density development in the county is affecting things such as ground water quality and surface water quality.

Stoops says Bloomington and Monroe County are one of the highest rated areas for business attraction in the country.

“I guess we just don’t understand,” he says, “how lucky we are to have the businesses continually moving into Monroe County when they could move into anywhere else.”

CFC Inc. President Jim Murphy believes there are things in the plan worth keeping, issues involving the environment and vulnerable land that needs to be preserved. Today, there are more forested acres in Monroe County than there are people. Murphy says the plan is too restrictive and that’s where it fails.

“When you read this plan,” he says, “it talks about prohibit this, do not allow this and do not allow that. Rather than being more progressive and saying we can do these and we want these types of uses.”

Murphy invites the public to visit MyMonroeCountyFuture.com, a Website built to raise questions and concerns in areas he believes people should look at to make their own decisions about how to move forward with this plan.

The county commissioners are currently deciding when they’re going to hold the meetings involving the plan. There will be plenty of public opinion welcomed.

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