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Committee looks at future of Shelby Farms

The future of Shelby Farms is in the hands of a new Commission.

"We might not be able to build a building that you like," said Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton. "We might not be able to give you a big road. But we can preserve a rolling slope. We can preserve a stream, a quiet place, a tree."

The Shelby Farms Master Plan Commission is made up of business and community leaders, as well as Shelby County Commissioners and Mayor A-C Wharton. The group's inaugural meeting dealt mostly with logistics.

Members discussed a timeline and assigned subcommittees. They will enlist the help of a professional consultant to design the long-term development of Shelby Farms. Their goal is to preserve the park, make it sustainable, and make sure everyone who wants to use the park can.

"When you're flat broke, you can enjoy looking at a tree or watching a bird fly," Wharton said. "That's what we need. That's what I find people are looking for these days."

Wharton expects the creation of this master plan to cost between $400,000 to $500,000. It could take between a year and 18 months or longer to complete.

The Master Plan Committee is not in charge of the proposed road in Shelby Farms. In early 2005, an advisory team asked for public input on the design of the road. No action on the road will be taken until at least November. After that, recommendations will be turned over to the county and the city, with TDOT then making the final decision.

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