In 2001, the Comprehensive Transportation and Land Use Study was completed for the Town of Bethania. The North Suburban Area Plan, which includes the Town of Bethania, recommends this study be used to guide land use decisions.
What principles of the 2001 Legacy Plan have been incorporated in Bethania?
- Preserving the special character of small towns: Bethania National Historic Landmark District.
- Protecting historic resources: Rehabilitation of the Wolff-Moser house and Alpha Chapel and creation of draft Historic Overlay guidelines.
- Adaptive Reuse: Conversion of an old seed mill into the Bethania Mill and Village Shoppes, the only shopping area within the city limits.
- Preservation and enhancement of our environmental resources: Open and forested lands surrounding the residential area of Bethania (much of this land is protected by the Piedmont Land Conservancy).
- Environmental awareness: Black Walnut Bottoms Loop Trail.
- Creating corridors for recreational opportunities, environmental protection, and enjoyment of nature: Black Walnut Bottoms Loop Trail land protected through easements.
What Challenges Face the Community?
- Continuing the rehabilitation and preservation of existing structures, adoption of a Historic Overlay district to assure that preservation continues.
- Continuing the preservation of natural resources surrounding the town.
- Minimizing encroachment of residential and non-residential development.
- Finding an alternative road to reroute the heavy traffic on Main Street.