As Cherokee County moves into the next phase of its county-wide housing study, there will be a virtual meeting for the public Tuesday to launch the second part of the project.

During a larger presentation to county commissioners this week on where the study stands so far and directions the county might be able to go moving forward, Principal Planner Margaret Stallings said the initial engagement with the general public would be Tuesday’s virtual meeting. She said this will work in a format similar to the Southwest Cherokee Area Plan, where relevant links can be found on the Planning and Zoning page of the county website.

“It’s a lunchtime virtual event. It’s from noon to 1:30 p.m.,” she said. “There’s going to be a series of presentations, plus a panel discussion from various people in the community about housing and what the issues are.”

Following the meeting, the county will be launching a website that will be open for six weeks where residents can share their thoughts on the various housing issues and share what kinds of strategies they would be able to support. Stallings said the hope was that, after collecting and analyzing all of the data collected through this effort, a draft would be ready for the county to review sometime in the spring of 2021.

Tuesday’s virtual meeting will be broadcast live on the county website, www.cherokeega.com, but for those who may not be able to attend at that time, Stallings said the meeting would be recorded and available for viewing later.

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