Achievers & Accolades

Harnett County receives 2023 National Achievement Award for Compatibility Regulations

By Staff Report, posted 1 year ago
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Harnett County announced on Tuesday, May 23 that they received the 2023 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Achievement Award honors innovative and effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

Harnett County was awarded for the compatibility regulations program that Development Services spearheaded.

“This award is a testament to Harnett County Development Services’ hard work and dedication to serve its citizens and provide a robust community for future generations,” said Mark Locklear, Director of Development Services in a press release.

“This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and collaborative efforts we have seen in over 50 years of presenting these awards,” said Denise Winfrey, NACo President in a press release.

Harnett County Development Services created a compatibility design concept for residential subdivisions in 2007. The compatibility development requirements comprise four key components: zoning districts, land use classes, minimum lot sizes, and open space requirements. In adhering to these requirements, developers preserve open space and buffers between existing development and rights of way, as well as incorporating amenities such as curbs and gutters, sidewalks, and street trees.

“Congratulations to Development Services for winning this outstanding achievement,” said Coley Price, Deputy County Manager in a press release. “I would like to thank their department for their hard work and dedication. Their work is important in preserving and promoting the quality of life for all Harnett County residents.”

Development Services will receive the award at the NACo Achievement Awards Luncheon on July 23 in Travis County, Texas.

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