LOUISBURG -- Franklin County planners, consultants and residents wrapped up public meetings last week designed to solicit last-minute input on the county's development plan for the next 20 years.
At least one resident wondered how the county would pay for any improvements.
And, another asked the county not to forget about the horse community.
The county's updated Comprehensive Development Plan is expected to help the county determine where it bolsters or places new infrastructure, locate new business and focus new residential growth, among other things.
During a meeting hosted by McGill Associates -- the firm the county hired to craft the plan -- Franklinton resident Bob DeMarco wondered how items borne from the plan will be funded.
"It's a whole combination of things," said Meg Nealon, of Nealon Planning, which is aiding McGill Associates in the process.
"The most important thing for you all to be thinking about coming out of this [process] is that part of the plan will have an action plan, those five to 10 items that are a manageable set of 'to-do' list items coming out of this because you can't fund everything overnight.
"Twenty years is a long time for things to unfold, so, once you all decide what are your priorities, that will start to point to where those vital resources go and which are best in combination ..."
Resident Diane Davis pressed consultants about the need for horse trails in Franklin County.
There are a number of boarding facilities that offer riding opportunities, but those cost money, Davis said.
The county and its equine industry, Davis said, would benefit from a county-sponsored facility.
"I saw nice pictures of horses [in the presentation] but Franklin County is still a county with a tremendous number of horses; horse people spending money [in the county] and zero, zero horse trails."
Davis said a horse trail could serve other purposes, as well, such as for walking, hiking and running and doesn't take a lot of money to build.
And, Nealon said the time to develop a trail is ideal because the county hasn't been beset by over-development, which makes creating greenspace difficult.
"I think that's a real opportunity here," Nealon said.
The final community meeting was Sept. 26.
A steering committee meeting to fine tune the document is slated for late October and the plan could get to county commissioners for approval in December.
For more information on the plan, call the county's planning office at (919) 496-2909, or visit the county's website at: www.franklincountync.us.