The town of Beech Mountain approved a 15-year comprehensive plan.

The Watauga Democrat reports the plan was adopted by the town council November 12th, and was developed by the town's planning board and staff, with input and participation from the public.

The plan can be used for guidance in applying for grants and financing for future infrastructure projects.

The plan anticipates population increases, in both full time and seasonal residents, and sets a goal of encouraging land use that maintains the quaint mountain town character, respects natural resources and wildlife, as well as strengthening zoning regulations and enforcement and improving access in and out of the town.

Other items included in the comprehensive plan include water and sewer, public safety, as well as linking parks, neighborhoods and communities with a trail network.

The 15-year plan is suggested to be revised every five to seven years.