A Land Use Plan (LUP) is a tool used for guiding the growth, redevelopment, and overall improvement of the county for next ten (10) to twenty (20) years. The plan will serve as the official statement by Nash County of its vision, intentions, goals, objectives, and strategies for future land use development.

The Land Use Plan will update the 2006 Land Development Plan and address new issues and priorities that have come forward in the years since then. The LUP will function as Nash County's comprehensive plan. The Plan may address several topics as determined by the community but generally a Land Use Plan addresses land use, housing, infrastructure, transportation, economic development, agriculture, and natural resources.

The LUP is a guiding document upon which land use decisions are based. Recommendations in the Plan could call for changes to county ordinances to implement specific decisions as suggested.

A land use plan is not a regulatory document on its own and has no binding legal effect. Rather, it establishes a vision, goals, and priorities through many conversations and community engagement, which are then used to guide future growth and development. It also:

  • Documents a community conversation: “Where are we at? Where would we like to be?”
  • Provides a basis for decision-making, problem-solving and policy development by government officials
  • Establishes priorities for government projects, staff, and services
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The planning process will take place over a 12-month time-period beginning in Fall of 2021 and wrapping up in the Fall of 2022. The evolving project schedule is shown here and outlines the three overlapping phases:

  1. Project Initiation & Analysis,
  2. Visioning & Plan Development, and
  3. Implementation & Adoption.


The Plan will be developed by county staff working in conjunction with consultants and a steering committee. Stakeholders in the public and private sector will be interviewed during the process and there will be multiple opportunities for citizens to participate in the process and provide feedback. See the Get Involved page for more information on upcoming meetings and surveys.   

Key portions of the Draft Plan are available to view on the Draft Future Land Use page of this website. The Plan Steering Committee will study the feedback received on these materials and consider adjustments to the plan in late summer 2022. The dates and times of future public meetings to consider the adoption of the final plan will be announced in the coming weeks.