Many Edmonson County residents say they're ready to see their community grow. The county's planning commission wants to start a building inspection program to promote residential and commercial growth.
A public forum was held Thursday night, March 22, 2007, to discuss these plans.
"The county has been experiencing some growth. We've seen more developers coming in wanting to develop subdivisions," said Robert Goodwin, a Planning Commission member.
Goodwin said for growth to continue in Edmonson County a building inspection program is necessary to keep track of what's coming into the county.
He said the planning commission wants to make sure builders are building what they are contracted to build.
"So now you can bring anything into the county or build anything and there's nobody governing it or looking at it," Goodwin said.
Even though there's a state building code builders are supposed to follow there is no one in Edmonson County to make sure the minimum standards are being met.
"If you drive through Edmonson County you can't help but see some areas that you wonder how people can live in them," Goodwin said.
With a county building inspection program all new construction would be required to follow state code.
Goodwin said this is a baby step that could lead to a higher population and more industry in Edmonson County.
"It's a beautiful county, there is some beautiful country in there and I think it would be very desirable if people could feel their investment be safe there," Goodwin said and even though residents want to make sure Edmonson County keeps its rural beauty...
"The vision would be to have it come up to par with surrounding counties," Goodwin said.
Goodwin said nearly 100 people went to the forum last night with about half of them supporting the building inspection program.
Goodwin also said the Edmonson County magistrates will be meeting within the next couple of months to discuss the program in more detail.