Lewisburg Town Hall meeting set Thursday

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

City residents have an opportunity to hear what the city has accomplished over the past year and what directions it could head in the next 12 months.

The City of Lewisburg will hold their annual Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.

The meeting, in the large conference room at the Lewisburg Recreation Center, is held each year to provide an update on the city’s progress with implementing the Lewisburg 2035 Vision Plan.

The Vision Plan was implemented in 2014 after nine months of development and public input, designed to guide Lewisburg’s planning process 20 years into the future.

The plan focused on three main features: open space, corridors, and downtown.

In the first three years of the plan, Lewisburg had completed or was working on 70 percent of the projects scheduled for the first five years of the plan.

Having a long-term plan both helps guide the city’s decisions, but also increases the success rate of grant applications, according to City Manager Randall Dunn.

The city has completed zoning and design overlays for the Nashville Highway, Fayetteville Highway, and Ellington Parkway corridors.

The city’s parks have benefited from the long-range plan as well. As of last year’s report, Rock Creek Park had seen almost $900,000 worth of improvements at an out-of-pocket cost to the city of less than $200,000.

Overall during the first years of the plan, the city has made more than $6 million in investments in the city with less than $700,000 from city funds.

At last year’s town hall meeting, Keith Covington, one of the planning consultants used by the city, remarked that the city’s commitment to implementing the plan was exceptional among municipalities they had worked with.

He suggested then, that the city could develop a comprehensive growth plan, based on the work already done for the Vision Plan, if they so chose.

A comprehensive plan would cover all aspects of the city’s operations moving into the future.

Growth in Middle Tennessee is a fact of life these days, and the public is encouraged to attend in order to offer their own vision of the future of Lewisburg.