More input sought on Southwest Bypass plan
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The public can learn what rules are being considered for guiding future development along the Southwest Bypass during an open house being held on Monday at Pitt Community College.
Pitt County government, Greenville, Ayden, Winterville, the Greenville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization,and the N.C. Department of Transportation are collaborating to create a plan that will help guide land use, development and infrastructure decisions along the Southwest Bypass corridor.
The 12.6-mile stretch of highway extending from the U.S. 264 Bypass interchange with Statonsburg Road to just south of Ayden on N.C. 11 South is under construction and is expected to open in the summer of 2020.
The open house is being held from from 4-7 p.m. in the Goess Student Center, 169 Bulldog Run, Winterville.
Presentations of the draft recommendations will be at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
During the developmental process Pitt County conducted an online survey and held a public meeting in April to get community feedback on how future development should be pursued in the area, according to a Pitt County government news release. Staff said the responses show people value the rural character and “small-town charm” of the area.
Members of the steering committee developing the plan said Monday’s meeting is an opportunity for residents, business owners and other stakeholders to have a say in the future growth, development and quality of life in the area around the Southwest Bypass.
The committee members are especially interested in hearing the community’s thoughts on what types of development should be encouraged at the five intercharges that are along the bypass. They also want feedback on what the county and towns should do to proactively preserve the rural character of the land surrounding the bypass route.
For more information on the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan or the Public Workshop, visit www.pittcountync.gov/SWBypassPlan, or contact Eric Gooby, AICP, Senior Planner with Pitt County Planning and Development at 252-902-3250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.