Woodford County residents prefer redeveloping vacant land within an urban area, according to a new survey done for Woodford Forward.
A community survey completed June 2 showed that respondents like "infill" projects, said a news release from Woodford Forward, a group that advocates the highest and best use of urban land and the agricultural use of productive farmland. Woodford County's incorporated cities are Versailles and Midway.
Woodford Forward sponsored the survey to gauge community perception. The purpose of the survey was to get feedback from residents on land use, quality of life and economic development in Woodford County.
"Residents treasure our small towns and rural setting, but they are eager to get what larger cities have: more stores, dining and entertainment," said Billy Van Pelt II, CEO of Woodford Forward.
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"The overarching theme of the survey results was a strong desire for infill and redevelopment in Versailles and Midway," Van Pelt said. "This will be the primary focus of our organization during the next year, through a series of community forums."
Van Pelt is scheduled to discuss the survey in more detail at the July 28 meeting of Woodford Fiscal Court in Versailles. The survey was conducted by The Matrix Group, a market research firm in Lexington.