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Areas of Focus in the City of Bluefield Comprehensive Plan

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Transcript of Areas of Focus in the City of Bluefield Comprehensive Plan

Land Use
Land Use is the human use of land. It also has been defined as "the arrangements, activities and inputs people undertake in a certain land cover type to produce, change or maintain it."

This section of the comprehensive plan guides use of land in Bluefield. It identifies current land-use trends and maps out future land-use goals. This is visually presented with maps of the municipality.
Transportation
Goals and initiatives in this section of the comprehensive plan should relate to the transportation needs within the city. Transportation should include pedestrian walk ways, traffic, bike traffic, and mass transit.
Housing
This part of the comprehensive plan identifies current and future housing needs in the city's housing stock. This can include any changes needed to building codes, rental ordinances, and strategies to deal with substandard housing.
Required Areas
Land Use
Housing
Transportation
Infrastructure
Public Services
Rural
Recreation
Infrastructure
Current and future infrastructure needs related to utilities, sidewalks, roadways, storm water systems, and other such areas should be included in this area of focus for the plan.

For example, the City of Bluefield would include plans to replace failing storm water catch basins in this part of the plan and also its plan for bringing its paving plan up to the industry standard of the city being repaved every 25 years.
Economic Development
Community Design
Preferred Areas of Development
Renewal and/or Redevelopment
Financing
Historic Preservation
Optional Areas of Focus
History
Conservation
Tourism
Natural Resource Use
Safety
Environmentalism
Public Services
This part of the plan should showcase plans for public safety and how the city meets medical, cultural, historical, community, social, educational, and disaster needs of current and future residents.

Ideas that will be included include emergency management plans for the city and energy security plans for city buildings.
Recreation
Rural
Land that will not be intended for urban growth will be identified in this area of focus. Plans to preserve those areas will also be included in this section.
Public space for recreation and leisure activities have been a large part of life in Bluefield. This plan will continue to identify ways to improve this way of life in the city.
Areas of Focus in the
City of Bluefield Comprehensive Plan

Economic Development
Ideas for the future economy of the city will be included here along with information on available sites, the type of development sought, and employment needs for the area. It is important to look at this section from a "30,000 foot view and not from the street view." For example, a discussion on the procurement of the technology industry businesses versus shipping/distribution industry businesses would be a conversation to hold. A review of our strengths and assets will also be important to this section.
Community Design
In this section, questions to ask ourselves include:
"What do we want to look like?"
"What is our brand?"

Identifying the look and feel of a community is important. It helps visitors know where they are and creates a sense of place. For example, when you are in Williamsburg, Virginia, you know you are from the primitive/historic look of the buildings and cityscapes.
Preferred Areas of Development
Historic Preservation
Renewal and/or Redevelopment
Financing
Tourism
Conservation
History
Environmentalism
Safety
Natural Resource Use
Consistent with the land use component, this section is used to identify areas where incentives may be used to encourage development, infill development or redevelopment in order to promote well designed and coordinated communities and prevent sprawl.

For example, how do we as a municipality entice development of buildings along Bluefield Avenue? How do we as a municipality entice the development of land near important roadways.
Consistent with the land use component, identify slums and other blighted areas and set goals, plans and programs for the elimination of such slums and blighted areas and for community renewal, revitalization and/or redevelopment.
Within this section funding solutions for listed projects, both long-term and short-term, must be identified.
In this section of the plan it is important to identify what historic structures to keep and reinvest in.
Including the history of the area is optional. New members of the community and new investors will find it helpful to have a background of why the decisions that have been made were made.

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- George Santayana
Recommend programs where appropriate to appropriate regulatory agencies to protect the area from all types of pollution and promote a healthy environment.
Optional category, but important to Bluefield with nearby attractions such as the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and Spearhead Trails to discuss initatives in tourism and cultural heritage. Other attractions to consider are regional attractions such as Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias, Holiday of Lights, and the Bluefield Coal Show.
Optional category to discuss recommended programs to conserve and protect wildlife, natural habitats, sensitive natural areas, green spaces, and direct access to sunlight.
Recommend public safety programs to educate and protect the public from disasters, both natural and man-made can be included in this category.
Optional area of focus that would include plans for the use of natural resources in an urban area.
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