Sneads Ferry Community Plan
The Sneads Ferry community is one of the fastest growing areas within Onslow County. In response to increased growth pressures, Onslow County and the Jacksonville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization partnered with the Sneads Ferry community to develop the Sneads Ferry Community Plan. The Plan is a representation of the community's goals and vision for how Sneads Ferry should evolve and develop into the future. The plan was adopted by the Onslow County Board of Commissioners on August 17, 2015.
Purpose & Process
The intent of the plan was to develop a community vision tied to land use recommendations and backed by a strategy that addresses traffic and safety without compromising existing and potential development. In order to create a successful plan, a collaborative process was established to tap into the interests of local residents and stakeholders, the insights of planners, the concerns of military officials, and the oversight of elected officials.
The planning process, which began in March 2014, was guided by a Blue Ribbon Panel composed of residents, members of the business community, and other stakeholders. The planning process featured six Blue Ribbon Panel meetings, two community workshops, two questionnaires, and two public open houses, the last of which was held May 2015.
The community's involvement was significant. More than 250 people joined the mailing list through the project website, more than 300 participated in the first questionnaire, and more than 100 completed the second questionnaire. Attendance at each of the two community workshops and the two public open houses ranged from 40 to 75 people.
The plan outlines the planning process and vision development, the comparison of land use scenarios and selection of a preferred scenario, and the identification of transportation system current needs and future needs with respect to the preferred land use scenario. The plan concludes with recommendations grouped under five headings: Focused Growth, Working Waterfront and Environmentally Sensitive Areas, Quality of Life, Community Engagement, and Transportation. Individual chapters can be downloaded using the link below.