The Land Use Advisory Board has been set up to consider the need for land use planning in the county, and if that need is determined, to develop a plan for commission approval. The board expects to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse.
The commissioners will consider the interns, potentially a student at Ashe County High School and one at the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College, as additions to the Land Use Advisory Board in order to offer a young person’s viewpoint on land use planning. The discussion will take place at the commission’s regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 7 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Prior to the regular meeting, the commissioners will meet for a work session at 2 p.m. in the second floor conference room.
Items on the regular agenda include:
3:35 p.m.: Debbie Smith, 4-H program associate and director of the Ashe County Youth Connection & Governor’s One-on-One program, will offer a proclamation on Youth Mentoring Month in January.
3:45 p.m.: Economic Development Director Dr. Pat Mitchell and Mike Pierce, director of Advanced Materials Technology at Wilkes Community College, with an update on the Advanced Materials Cluster project.
4:05 p.m.: Parks and Recreation Director Joe Boccardy with an update on the planned county ballfields’ improvement project.
4:25 p.m.: Closed session on economic development issues.
Items under general session include appointments to the Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee and Comprehensive Land Use Advisory Board along with consideration of a Sign Control Ordinance. The commissioners placed a moratorium on signs and billboards in October until the planning board could study the issue and recommend an ordinance.