Linn County’s process of updating its Rural Land Use Plan, dubbed “A Smarter Course,” is entering into a new round of online public input gathering. In this latest round, Linn County residents are being asked to write short “guiding principles” on the topics of resource protection; sustainable development; livable communities; alternative and renewable energy; hazard mitigation; economic development and employment opportunities; and transportation.

Guiding principles are foundational concepts that will guide decisions about strategies and implementation actions in the updated Rural Land Use Plan. They will apply to many decisions, so it is important that the citizens of Linn County give us their opinions and ideas on these guiding principles.

A steering committee of local residents representing various stakeholder groups has been formed and several working groups will develop plan elements. The Rural Land Use Plan update is expected to be complete in early 2013. More.