Make your voice heard on the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan


Jefferson County Courthouse, Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan
The Jefferson County Courthouse. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision and strategy for future development and growth of the county. Keep reading to find out how you can get involved as the County makes plans for future land use, transportation, housing, economic development, natural resources and community service—all in a way that reflects current community priorities.

Make your voice heard

Screen Shot 2023 07 10 at 1.49.24 PM Make your voice heard on the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan (Jefferson County)

Jefferson County is committed to keeping residents informed and involved in the planning process. They know that as each community thrives, the entire county benefits, recognizing that the County is only as strong as its weakest community.

There will be multiple opportunities for citizens in the County to engage in the project, both in-person and digitally.

  • JeffCo residents + community members are invited to be part of the public engagement planning discovery week. Come out + share your thoughts + opinions at one of these three times + places—no need to be there the whole time:

“As the Zoning Administrator, I see almost daily how important public involvement is to the development process. It’s crucial that our citizens engage with us and provide input so we know what their interests are, especially in unincorporated Jefferson County.”

Michael R. Morrison, Department of Development Services Zoning Administrator, Jefferson County

What is the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan + why does it matter?

MAP Public Engagement Locations 1 Make your voice heard on the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan

Meeting locations. (Jefferson County)

The Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan will do two key things:

  • Guide land development throughout the unincorporated areas of the county AND
  • Help with prioritization of public infrastructure investment

1. Decision-making framework

The plan will serve as a guide for decision-makers in the county, including county officials, planners and developers, particularly in unincorporated areas.

2. Public engagement

The County needs your help! The plan will be developed through a process that involves guidance from a wide range of stakeholders, including residents, business owners and community groups.

“This is the public’s plan to make; we need as much feedback as possible to better guide land development policy so we can better shape the communities for which our residents live, work, and play; as well as guide public investments in infrastructure where we have existing deficiencies and where we need to plan for growth.”

Michael R. Morrison, Department of Development Services Zoning Administrator, Jefferson County

3. Economic development

Railroads, Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan
The railroads played an essential role in the development of Jefferson County. (Bham Now)

Attracting new businesses and industries to the County is important. The comprehensive plan will help identify areas for growth and development.

4. Natural Resources

Ruffner Mountain
Ruffner Mountain’s wetlands. (Ruffner Mountain)

Another goal of the plan is to protect natural resources, such as forests, wetlands and waterways. Providing access to these areas can help to maintain the environmental quality and biodiversity of unincorporated areas of the County.

5. Quality of Life

Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan, roads and transportation
Roads and transportation are an important part of the JeffCo Comprehensive Plan. (Bham Now)

The plan can help to improve the quality of life for residents by providing the County with a diverse range of housing options, transportation choices, community services and recreational opportunities. Having these factors can make the county a more attractive and livable place to work and visit.

The consultant team helping guide the project includes:

Get involved—visit today.

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