However well intentioned, the recently approved Comprehensive Master Plan may prove to be a $500,000 boondoggle. For the simple reason that plans don’t drive growth and promote economic stability - effective marketing does.
Plainly, when intensive marketing of the Village ended, so did its growth.
Our recently departed manager preached the gospel that HSV was so deeply deficient that only by building lots of new stuff could it be made sufficiently appealing for growth to occur. Where the needed money was to come from remains a dark mystery.
The Comprehensive Master Plan is simply more of the same - supported only by glowing rhetoric and euphoric word pictures.  
If there is a causal link between a new land-use plan and growth, where is the empirical evidence or even statistical correlation?
For many reasons, life in the Village appeals to only a narrow segment of our society - discerning people of good judgment like us.
Will building lots of new stuff appreciably increase the size of that market segment?  Certainly not without intensive and prolonged marketing.
However, if we just launched an effective marketing campaign first, perhaps we might find that grand planning and building new stuff are not actually necessary to secure our future.

David L. Henderson
Hot Springs Village