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Second transportation meeting set for Thursday

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on May 27, 2012 1:50 AM

Organizers were slightly disappointed in the number of people who attended Thursday's session concerning the Goldsboro metropolitan area's comprehensive transportation plan held at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

About a dozen participants broke into two small groups and shared their visions for Goldsboro. Despite few attendees, consultant Dale Holland of Holland Consulting Planners said he was encouraged by the two groups' ideas.

"I wish we could have had 100 people," he said, noting that the handful who turned out gave him and his team a lot of quality ideas to shape the future of the city. "It was a highly productive effort," he said.

His firm will consolidate the ideas brought forth at the small group meeting into a report that will be shared at a presentation at the church Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., but said the final report won't be complete for another five to six months.

Holland said there were certain themes and trends between the two groups' focuses.

"Both groups talked about getting people downtown and the importance of agriculture to the local economy," he said, adding all who attended also stressed the importance of preserving areas for industrial park development.

Still, he stressed that the meetings were simply a starting point for the city's future land use plan, especially in how it will relate to transportation.

For more information on the meeting and comprehensive plan process, call the Goldsboro Planning Department at 580-4333.