The Clark County Fiscal Court on Wednesday put its stamp of approval on a landmark agreement with the city of Winchester to jointly fund the Department of Planning and Community Development.
The court unanimously supported an allocation of $52,600 each year, which will combine with annual contributions of $265,000 from the Winchester Board of Commissioners.
The move caps years of discussion on how the governments could better collaborate on development and code enforcement issues. In particular, county officials have sought more equity in the planning and zoning process.
Officials began discussing the matter in earnest in 2006, and a subsequent committee recommended a joint funding pact in 2008.
Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said he expected the process to move slowly, considering some of the structural differences between the city and the county.