Emerging Themes from Community Input

You spoke, we listened! Over the last several months, hundreds of Rutherford County residents and stakeholders have participated in community workshops or taken a survey to weigh in on the most important issues that will shape the county’s future. Now we want to make sure that we heard right.

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* 1. EMERGING THEMES: The following themes reflect community feedback gathered during the early rounds of public input. They will be used to help guide the rest of the planning process. Each theme represents a significant element of how participants envision the future of the county. Tell us if these statements are important to you.

  This is important to me This is not important to me I am unsure what this means
Proactive Investments: Rutherford County should develop goals and policies that promote effective and consistent land use decisions that are responsive to local growth and align with infrastructure capacity and availability.
Tackle Challenges: Rutherford County's top priorities should include resolving landfill concerns, enhancing roadway maintenance, and addressing traffic congestion.
Thriving Economy: Rutherford County should continue to broaden its economic base, attract and retain diverse and well-paying jobs, and invest in a educational and workforce training to prepare residents for employment opportunities.
Rural Preservation: Rutherford County should protect its rural character, including agriculture lands, open spaces, natural and scenic resources by encouraging growth in unincorporated communities and near urban centers.
Community Focus: Rutherford County should safeguard its small-town feeling and quality of life by preserving traditional attributes and fostering a welcoming and inclusive community.
Fiscally Responsible: Rutherford County should optimize services and public infrastructure through innovative approaches, interagency coordination, and responsible fiscal policy.

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* 2. Please share your comments on the EMERGING THEMES listed in the prior question.

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* 3. KEY TAKEAWAYS: The following statements represent action oriented takeaways from community input received to date.  Please let us know if you see it the same way or not.

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Rutherford County should be proactive in preserving its small town feel as the city continues to grow.
Rutherford County should work to improve roadway safety, traffic congestion and other necessary public infrastructure.
Rutherford County should continue its efforts to attract high paying jobs and diverse its economy.
Rutherford County should support a mix of housing options that suit the lifestyle needs of young families, career professionals, and senior adults.
Rutherford County should be a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and affordable place to live for anyone who chooses to live here.
Rutherford County should adopt a comprehensive plan to manage growth and align its policies and public investments with the community’s vision.
Rutherford County should collaborate with its municipalities to provide access to housing, jobs, and transportation in locations that support development and residents.
Rutherford County should work with elected leaders around the region and stakeholders to develop a solution to address residents’ concerns and environmental impacts from the landfill.
Rutherford County should be proactive in preserving its rural and historic character and protect its natural resources as the county develops.

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* 4. Please share your comments on the KEY TAKEAWAYS listed in the prior question.

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* 5. How did you find out about this survey?  Select all that apply

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* 6. Stay informed! Share your email address for future updates.

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