• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Population, transportation mulled by committee

A committee of Planning Commission members working on an update of the Comprehensive Plan - a five-year land-use plan - briefly discussed population and employment forecasts for Woodford County during its work session on May 11. Committee member Tim Parrott questioned the relevance of the forecasts provided by the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville. "It's just speculation," he said. Woodford County's population will steadily rise from 24,939 in 2010 to a projected 29,696 in 2040, according to the state data center's report. Agriculture-related jobs will remain steady - declining from 2,664 in 2010 to 2,614 in 2030. However, manufacturing jobs are projected to decline from 1,842 in 2010 to 1,195 in 2030, according to the data center's forecast. However, several hundred manufacturing jobs are being created in Woodford County with the arrival of several businesses, including More Than A Bakery and Lakeshore Learning Materials, and expansions at others. Following a review of updated and new information in the land-use plan's chapter on community facilities and services, Comprehensive Plan committee members agreed to next meet on Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m., to review and discuss the plan's chapter on transportation. After she reviewed comments made during a public hearing and others submitted for a survey, committee Chair Patty Perry said she wants other Comp Plan committee members to consider those views on transportation issues as they get ready to review the land-use plan's transportation chapter. Non-motorized modes of transportation, the importance of pedestrian movement, ways to reduce large-truck traffic on Midway Road, roadway interconnectivity and improvements to existing roadways are among the issues raised in the public comments that should be considered before beginning a review of the land-use chapter on transportation, said Perry.

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