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Current and Long Range Planning-Watershed Management

Staff provides background and professional recommendations regarding current and long range land use matters and other planning review agency policy comments to the Planning Board and Board of Commission to help them make informed recommendations and decisions.

Determine the relationships between planned developments, growth and mitigating the impact on the environment around us. Of primary consideration in planned development are environmental concerns such as Flood Hazards and Watershed Areas, as well other factors such as land cover and land use.

In March of 2009, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the Carolina Threads Trail Master Plan for Gaston County. The Threads Trail is a proposed regional network of greenways and trails extending through 15 counties and reaching some 2.3 million people. As a regional system the Carolina Threads Trail will link many areas of Gaston County, but not all. The Planning Department in conjunction with Parks and Recreation is working to plan a system of smaller local trails and greenways to not only connect with the Threads Trail and other trail and greenway systems, but to also link together neighborhoods and other points of interest within the County. Initial planning efforts also include the study a potential trail link between the County Park in Dallas, Rankin Lake Park (in Gastonia) and Gaston College.

For further information contact: 
Ronald Smith 
Gaston County Planning and Development Services 
P.O. Box 1578 
120 W. Main Avenue, Rm 217 
Gastonia, NC 28053-1578 
Phone: 704-866-3072
ron.smith@gastongov.com