Perth board sets hearing on plan

PERTH – The Town Board will hold a public hearing in November on its proposed comprehensive plan.

In a resolution during Thursday’s board meeting, the Town Board set a public hearing for Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Town hall.

According to Ron Cetnar, chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Committee and Planning Board chairman, the committee received a couple of comments from the public after the plan was unveiled in June.

“We only had two comments on it, and both of them were positive,” Cetnar said.

Cetnar said after the feedback was in, the committee sent the comprehensive plan to the Town Board, who may make changes to the plan before accepting it.

Town Supervisor Gregory Fagan said the plan was very well put together.

“It is a good foundation for the town going forward,” Fagan said.

After the public hearing Nov. 7, the board could then vote to accept the plan.

No changes have been made to the plan, according to Cetnar.

“It is just as it was in June,” Cetnar said.

Cetnar said a goal of the plan is to establish a town center that harkens back to the community center of the 1800s.

Secondly, housing opportunities would be looked at.

According to the plan, Perth has seen a 10.8 percent increase in occupied housing units over the last 20 years. From 1990 to 2010, the amount of occupied housing units, such as homes and apartments, increased from 1,041 to 1,461.

According to the comprehensive plan, from 1990 to 2010, the total owner-occupied units rose from 1,041 of 1,277 (82 percent) in 1990 to 1,270 of 1,540 (83 percent) in 2010.

Another goal and idea that commission members felt could benefit the community would be developing the Tryon Youth Detention Facility property along County Highway 107 into the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center, a plan that Fulton County is spearheading.

The redevelopment would have an enormous impact on Perth’s local economy, the draft plan notes.

“Redevelopment of the former Tryon site may also have impacts on population growth in the community, which in turn could affect commercial growth throughout the town,” the draft says.

Fagan said once adopted, the next step would be altering the zoning in town to match the plan.