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City selects consultant for GVL2040

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Greenville City Council has selected CZB LLC, a Virginia-based urban planning and community development firm, to lead GVL2040, the city’s comprehensive planning process, over the next 20 months, according to a news release.

The comprehensive plan is a long-term policy guide for the future physical development of the city that considers the input of citizens, businesses and other stakeholders, the release said. It includes recommendations for future land use, community facilities, connectivity, open space and recreation areas, cultural and natural resources and economic development. When complete, the comprehensive plan will provide a framework to guide decision-making and help shape the city’s growth and development over the next 20 years.

As the firm that developed the city’s Affordable Housing Assessment and Strategy in 2016, CZB is familiar with the Greenville community and the challenges faced by a city located in one of the country’s most rapidly growing areas, according to the release. Throughout the process, the consultant team will work with the city’s planning and development staff and a 42-member citizen steering committee, which will provide insight, assist with community outreach and engagement efforts and advise on the plan's substance.

The comprehensive plan is based on the vision, priorities and expectations of the community and the public will have opportunities to participate in the process over the next 20 months. The first community-wide GVL2040 meeting is expected to take place in late summer, the release said. Updates and meeting information will be available online.

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