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1 Lee County Master Plan June 2, 2009 Planning Commission

2 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Agenda Opening Remarks Dr. Bob Juster, Wendy Swann Meeting Objectives Town Hall Meetings, Round 2 Key Findings Report Discussion of Goal Statements Review of Plan Principles Conceptual Development Framework

3 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Upcoming Public Events Town Hall MeetingsTown Hall Meetings June 15 – Beauregard High School // Loachapoka High School June 15 – Beauregard High School // Loachapoka High School June 16 – Beulah High School // Courthouse Annex June 16 – Beulah High School // Courthouse Annex June 18 – Smiths Station High School June 18 – Smiths Station High School Small Group MeetingsSmall Group Meetings

4 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Population Projected Population Increase of -Projected Population Increase of - 31, County Pop.: 133, County Pop.: 133, Projected Pop.: 164,169 (FBRGMP) 2028 Projected Pop.: 164,169 (FBRGMP) Median Household Income (2007)Median Household Income (2007) Lee County:$38,849 (Lee County level skewed downward by college student households) Lee County:$38,849 (Lee County level skewed downward by college student households) Alabama:$40,596 Alabama:$40,596 U.S.:$50,740 U.S.:$50,740

5 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Economic Development Recent Major Economic Activities – County has/will experience considerable positive economic activity in and near the county Tiger Town shopping mall in Opelika (2004) will employ approx. 3,000 at build out Celebrate Alabama (Opelika) could employ approx. 5,000 at completion Auburn University/City of Auburn Research Park- Phase I (100 acres) is underway; first tenant has been announced (Northrup Grumman/software) New Kia auto plant (West Point, GA)- approx. 2,500 employees; at least 8 supplier operations in area (4,300 additional workers) Planned expansion of Ft. Benning (approx. 8,200 new military and civilian employees) Focus has been on recruiting/landing large industries (could be focusing on second and third tier supplier businesses); Should there be ED activities for rural areas of county (contradiction with protecting/preserving rural character)?

6 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Economic Development Strengths Auburn University; East Alabama Regional Medical Center; three strong public K-12 school systems; Southern Union State Community College; geographic location; pool of constantly replenishing young workers (AU and SUSCC); strong overall economy; Auburn and Opelika economies; attractive rural areas (unincorporated areas) Weaknesses County economy needs to continue efforts to be more diverse/mixed; county government needs improved sources of financing to support needed programs and services; lack of adequate sewer service in southeastern portion of the county (Smiths Station area) (Based on more than 30 Stakeholder Interviews )

7 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Transportation Most Frequently Stated Concerns:Most Frequently Stated Concerns: traffic congestion and speeding; intersection signalization and signage; safety; truck traffic; roadway design, surfaces and markings; bridges; minimal availability of transit; and few sidewalks or bicycle lanes/paths traffic congestion and speeding; intersection signalization and signage; safety; truck traffic; roadway design, surfaces and markings; bridges; minimal availability of transit; and few sidewalks or bicycle lanes/paths Safety:Safety: Most crashes (72%) in urban areas Most crashes (72%) in urban areas Most fatalities (68%) in rural areas Most fatalities (68%) in rural areas

8 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Transportation Roads:Roads: State System:138 Miles State System:138 Miles County System:845 Miles County System:845 Miles Commercial traffic majority along I-85/US-80/US-280/US-431 Commercial traffic majority along I-85/US-80/US-280/US-431 Bridges:Bridges: State System:59 Bridges State System:59 Bridges County System:111 Bridges County System:111 Bridges Bicycle and Pedestrian:Bicycle and Pedestrian: Focus to be on providing sidewalk and refuge areas within activity centers and near schools Focus to be on providing sidewalk and refuge areas within activity centers and near schools

9 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Transportation Public Transportation:Public Transportation: Lee-Russell Public Transit (LRPT), operated by LRCOG, provides coordinated urban and rural transit services Lee-Russell Public Transit (LRPT), operated by LRCOG, provides coordinated urban and rural transit services Rail and Aviation:Rail and Aviation: Two Class I rail lines cross county Two Class I rail lines cross county Auburn-Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport – no commercial service Auburn-Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport – no commercial service

10 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Key Findings Infrastructure Water and Sewer Providers:Water and Sewer Providers: Smiths Water and Sewer Authority Smiths Water and Sewer Authority Lee-Chambers Utilities District Lee-Chambers Utilities District Beauregard Water Authority Beauregard Water Authority Auburn Water Works and Sewer Board Auburn Water Works and Sewer Board City of Opelika City of Opelika Loachapoka Water Authority Loachapoka Water Authority 95% of Population Served by Public Water95% of Population Served by Public Water

11 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing

12 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Growth throughout the county is well planned and managed, incorporating appropriate improvements in order to protect residential areas, preserve agricultural and natural lands, encourage the revitalization of vacant buildings, and promote economic development and growth in the local economy.

13 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Lee County will provide excellent local schools, new community centers and services for seniors and youth, and ongoing improvements to a variety of public services including health, public safety, sanitation, recycling, and animal control.

14 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Lee County is committed to protecting natural resources, improving water quality, and providing parks, trails, and recreational areas that enhance public access to open space.

15 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Protection of historic resources, effective integration of green spaces, incorporation of appropriate signage, and encouragement of attractive, walkable communities that reflect the countys small town and rural charm.

16 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Local jurisdictions will work cooperatively to plan for the future, ensure the wise use of resources, and engage community members in collaborative decision-making.

17 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Ongoing, strategic improvements will ensure access to high quality water and sewer systems, transportation improvements, and to state-of-the- art technology infrastructure such as cable and high speed internet.

18 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Transportation is safe and efficient for all users, with roads that are regularly repaired and improved, with enhanced signage and lighting, and infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.

19 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Lee County strives to provide well- maintained properties and clean, attractive public spaces.

20 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Draft // Goal Statements Planning Elements Land UseLand Use Community Facilities and ServicesCommunity Facilities and Services Open Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic ResourcesOpen Space, Natural, and Cultural / Historic Resources Community DesignCommunity Design Intergovernmental CoordinationIntergovernmental Coordination InfrastructureInfrastructure TransportationTransportation Community AppearanceCommunity Appearance HousingHousing Diverse housing optionsincluding affordable choices–offer citizens a range of housing types, density and cost.

21 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN What happens to goals now? They remain draft until plan is approved Could be shared with County Commission Could be endorsed by County Commission Will be shared with community at Town Hall meetings Will be the basis for more specific policies (objectives and strategies)

22 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Plan Principles Conservation and Development Principles are statements of intent that indicate the approach to land conservation and development.

23 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Plan Principles Conservation and Development Draft // Plan Principles Conservation and Development Foundation of Principles:Foundation of Principles: The county has three fundamental physical environments: The county has three fundamental physical environments: urban; suburban and ruralurban; suburban and rural The land use focus is in unincorporated areas of the county The land use focus is in unincorporated areas of the county Unincorporated areas should be considered predominantlyif not entirelyrural Unincorporated areas should be considered predominantlyif not entirelyrural There may be special districts (institutions, public facilities, etc.) in the rural areas with special needs and design responses There may be special districts (institutions, public facilities, etc.) in the rural areas with special needs and design responses There may be existing development/uses in the county that are not considered rural (e.g. residential subdivisions with inappropriate density and/or pattern of development). There may be existing development/uses in the county that are not considered rural (e.g. residential subdivisions with inappropriate density and/or pattern of development).

24 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Plan Principles Conservation and Development Draft // Plan Principles Conservation and Development 1.The rural character will be strengthened with a clear distinction from suburban development character. 2.Natural featuresstreams, lakes, woodlands, etc.will be conserved if not preserved. 3.Undeveloped land---farms and timberwill generally be the defining use. 4.Residential development will reinforce rural character (In other words, it will not reflect a suburban pattern and appearance.)

25 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Draft // Plan Principles Conservation and Development Draft // Plan Principles Conservation and Development 5.Transportation improvements will reinforce desired rural character attributes. 6.Commercial development will be limited mixed-use nodes of village center patterns 7.Industrial or special use districts will be located sensitively and buffered to minimize impacts on adjacent uses, and the general character of the rural areas.

26 Lee County Master Plan June 2, 2009 Planning Commission


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