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Vision for county’s land-use plan may be getting clearer

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – What is the vision of Bullitt County?

Over the course of the next month, that will be the point of discussion for a consultant retained to help write a portion of the Bullitt County Comprehensive Plan.

The third in a series of public meetings was held recently with the main topic being to solicit ideas which can be crafted together to form a vision statement for the county.

Nikita Moye, a representative of Kriss Lowry and Associates, led the discussion where tables were asked to come up with their ideas for a vision statement.

All the ideas will be placed on the company’s website and Bullitt Countians are invited to go on-line to vote and to make suggestions.

The ideas will be brought back at the next meeting on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre to finalize that part of the land-use plan.

Some of the themes included the county’s moving toward the future, its rural setting next to a big city, its gateway to the Bluegrass and its tourist draw due to bourbon and Bernheim.

Linda Belcher hoped the best parts of several of the ideas could be merged into the single vision statement.

Moya said that will be part of the voting process on-line and the discussions at the May 23 meeting.

The consulting firm has also been in the information-gathering stage, according to Moya.

Some of the information she shared with the 60 in attendance included some demographics and workforce facts.

The sector of jobs with the largest growth since 2007 in Bullitt County has been in the service industry, which includes fast food and hotel jobs.

The second largest growth area has been in utilities and transportation, which includes warehousing and trucking.

Over that time, Bullitt County has experienced a 19.6 percent increase in jobs, much better than the state’s growth of 1 percent.

On the flip side, the biggest gains have been in areas which are the lowest rate of pay. While losses continue in the construction and manufacturing industries, which are the highest paying.

Moya said of the Bullitt Countians who worked in 2010, 81.4 percent went to other counties for their jobs.

And, at the same time, 60 percent of the jobs filled in Bullitt County were by those who don’t live in the county.

More facts and figures can be found at www.krisslowery.com.