This Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) study is a long range plan, which identifies major transportation improvement needs and develops long term solutions for the next 25 to 30 years. It is an update of the Jackson County 2010 CTP. It is a joint effort Jackson County, the municipalities of Sylva, Dillsboro, Webster, and Forest Hills, the Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO), and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Steering Committee is also be developing the Jackson County Comprehensive Plan at the same time. The CTP study involves both government officials and the public in an effort to determine the area’s future transportation needs based on the best information available including, but not limited to, population, economic conditions, traffic trends and patterns of land development in and around the town. The study includes alternative modes of transportation (bicycle, pedestrian, rail, and transit). The Vision Statement for the CTP is as follows: Jackson County provides a safe, efficient, cost-effective, multi-modal transportation system that is sustainable, preserves the character of the area, promotes healthy lifestyles, and connects to regional and broader transportation systems using all modes of transportation.
In November and December, public meetings were held for the Comprehensive Plan and the CTP: November 29th (Sylva); December 5th (Tuckasegee); December 6 (Whittier); December 12 (Cashiers); and December 13 (Sylva/Webster).