The Northampton County Board of Supervisors voted to reject the draft Comp Plan and remanded it back to the Planning Commission.
The Board, in a show of no confidence for the Planning Commission, requested that a consultant firm with expertise in county and municipal planning be hired to assist with the update. Supervisors noted that, in rejecting the plan, important elements were missing, such as the data and studies were
Housing statistics were based on 2014 data, and public sentiment was based on 2012 input.
The Board also felt that the tone was too negative, and did not take into consideration tourism growth, agriculture and aquaculture.
The draft was also not in compliance with statutes such as requirements that account for groundwater and surface water and affordable housing.
The Board has directed the Planning Commission to begin the process again, this time leveraging extensive public input.