Dunnavant Valley development workshop set for Nov. 1


MT LAUREL – As part of the Dunnavant Valley Small Area Plan development process, Shelby County Development Services staff will be conducting its second community workshop from 6-8 p.m. at the Mt Laurel Elementary School cafeteria on Nov. 1.

The first community workshop, held Sept. 13, asked residents to prioritize issues facing the community. Residents were asked to list issues relating to land use and community design, transportation, community facilities and public services, economic development, housing and natural and cultural resources.

The top six issues chosen were the following:

-Need bike lanes on Shelby County 41 to move cyclists from the travel lanes.

-No apartments or multifamily dwellings.

-Preserve the undisturbed Oak and Double Oak Mountain ridges.

-No annexation.

-Enhance police presence by adding Sheriff’s Office substation.

-Limit large commercial development.

On Nov. 1, residents and stakeholders of Dunnavant Valley are invited to participate in a hands-on exercise using an audience response system whereby participants will be able to rank or prioritize implementation strategies of goals and objectives developed by the steering committee over the course of two meetings, according to a press release from Shelby County Develoment Services.

Following this community workshop, development services staff will compose a draft

Dunnavant Valley Small Area Plan, which will be submitted to the steering committee that will review the draft plan and provide comments.

Development services staff will then make a presentation to the Dunnavant Valley community and solicit feedback. A final presentation of the draft plan will be made to the Shelby County Planning Commission, which is the final authority on the adoption of the plan. The Dunnavant Valley Small Area Plan is expected to be completed during the spring of 2013, the release stated.

The Dunnavant Valley Small Area Plan process is available for viewing on the

Development Services departmental website at Shelbyal.com. For more questions, contact development services staff – Eric Womack at ewomack@shelbyal.com or 620-6629; or Kristine Goddard at kgoddard@shelbyal.com or 620-6612.