"After adoption and filing as provided of a plan (Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Master Street Plan Update in this case), no public way, ground, or open space; public building or structure: publicly or privately owned public utility line or terminal or transportation line or terminal: or public development or redevelopment or renewal project shall be acquired, constructed, or authorized unless such a project, proposal, or development has been submitted to the (planning) commission for review, recommendation, and approval as to its conformity with the plan." State Ordinance 14-56-412 (f)(1).

By referring to this plan, as well as the Searcy Master Street Plan, Year 2007, the City of Searcy will be able to consider the relationship between proposed developments and citywide goals, proposed roadway developments, population distribution, land use, public facilities, transportation problem areas, and traffic patterns. Cities that authorize construction without referring to plans such as these and without implementing measures to relieve situations created by the construction often create inefficient land use patterns, an inefficient roadway system, and environ­ mentally damaging conditions.

In 1987 the City of Searcy adopted the "Searcy Master Street Plan, Year 2007" and has successfully implemented several projects from the Plan. City leaders knew that transportation problems are complex and multifaceted with items such as land use, population distribution, and traffic patterns being prominent factors in creating a safe, efficient, and convenient transportation system and improving the long term quality of life. The Searcy Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Master Street Plan Update, 1993-2013 has been created to provide some of these informational and some legislative needs to assist Searcy leaders in making informed policy decisions which affect the growth and future development of the City.

This plan remains flexible to provide Searcy decision makers with the ability to be innovative in their land use decision making. Wise decisions now on corridor preservation, set asides by developers, bicycle/pedestrian paths, sidewalks, or access control will: (1) allow for the safe and efficient movement of several modes of traffic (automobiles, pedestrians, and bicycles); (2) greatly reduce congestion even with a growth in population; (3) improve the environment for residential, commercial, and industrial uses; (4) decrease pollution; and (5) enable the city to meet citywide goals.

This plan was created through the dedicated efforts of a thirteen member advisory committee. Each member has considerable knowledge of the Searcy area. The members are:

Wayne Sherrell, City of Searcy Engineer
Michael Beebe, State Senator
David Evans, Mayor of Searcy
Wayne Hartsfield, First National Bank
Glen Jones, White County Judge

Buck Layne, Searcy Chamber of Commerce
J.R. Thomas, Searcy Police Department
Lott Tucker, Harding University
Jim Wilson, First Security Bank
Tony Wood, Superintendent of Searcy Schools
E.D. Yancey, Yancey and Associates, Inc
Jan Smith, White River Planning and Development District

Tod Sherman, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.