joint plan comm hcPhoto by Amber AverittMADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/7/14) — The Hopkins County Joint Planning Committee held an open house to unveil the updated comprehensive plan Thursday, March 6 at the Government building, downtown Madisonville.

Community members were given the opportunity in late 2013 and early 2014 fill out an online survey regarding the areas they reside in.

After the results were calculated, the committee took the 479 online survey responses and made updates to the plan.

The comprehensive plan establishes the long term community vision that looks 20 years into the future.

Results from the online survey responses revealed:

  • The committee found that the majority of residents, who took the survey, reside in Madisonville, and that 65.5 percent of the survey takers work in the city of Madisonville.
  • The committee also found that survey takers spend more than 60 percent of their time in Hopkins County for entertainment or to make major purchasing.
  • The survey revealed that the primary reason people reside in Hopkins County is because of their family ties and the proximity to their jobs.
  • The survey also acknowledges that one of the biggest issues Hopkins County faces is the lack of jobs. However, the survey revealed that retail needs to be improved upon.

Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group has collaborated with Hopkins County in working on the new design and future direction of the county.

“It is greatly important for the community to be a part of this process,” said Amy Williams, principal of Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group. “Everything you see on these boards were based on the communities input. We think it is important that the community is involved in this process and visiting the Hopkins County Commission's website can be used as a good base for finding out more information.”

For more information about the comprehensive plan or to give input, call (270) 825-4457 or visit http://hopkinscountyplanning.org/default.html.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter

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