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the workshop series) that will, among other things, bring about changes to codes and ordinances and guide the development of community plans, policies, and programs. A review committee composed of representatives from TVA, the Southeast Watershed Forum, EPA, and the Tennessee Local Planning Assistance Office used a competitive process to select the community that would pilot the new program. Five other communities were strong contenders, but Wilson County met all the requirements. It was a place where rapid growth was occurring—with even more anticipated in the future. It was a place with some emerging issues that needed to be addressed in a timely fashion. It was a place where a managed growth approach could potentially make a major difference, as the county braces itself for an influx of new residents and an anticipated surge in both residential and commercial development. Most of all, it was a place where thoughtful, forward-thinking community leaders were ready to work together to put a plan in place that would allow Wilson Countians to make informed choices about what growth and development will look and feel like. In January of 2010, the planning process for the Wilson County Quality Growth Workshop Series began. A core group of local leaders from Wilson County, the cities of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, and the Cumberland River Compact (along with facilitators from TVA and the Southeast Watershed Forum) set out to make it happen. They found venues, set dates and times, came up with a list of potential participants, sent out invitations, and encouraged their colleagues to join in the process. The stage was set for change.

So often, the different jurisdictions within a community fail to openly collaborate and communicate with each other—for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it’s a question of politics; in other instances, it’s more about bureaucracy, workloads, or just the traditional ways in which business is typically done. Thankfully, that is NOT the case in Wilson County. — Vena Jones Program Director, Cumberland River Compact

Wilson County Growth Readiness Report

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Wilson 2035 Smart Growth & Planning Report  

This is the product of a pilot program with TVA, The Southeast Watershed Forum and the Wilson County Water cooperative group (WCW). The goal...

Wilson 2035 Smart Growth & Planning Report  

This is the product of a pilot program with TVA, The Southeast Watershed Forum and the Wilson County Water cooperative group (WCW). The goal...

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