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November 8, 2013

Land use plan sent back


"It's like we're committing slow suicide. We're dying of 1,000 paper cuts because we get all these applications to come in for rezoning or building permits or a variance for a single item and I don't think this comprehensive plan is dealing with that. So I wouldn't call it a comprehensive plan at this point," Lonergan said.

Fellow commission member Sue Tugana also pointed to the shortage of vision for the westward development.

"If you want us to be in charge of what goes where, I guess we can do it. I don't think that's a really smart position for the community," Tugana said.

The plan was proposed to be approved by the City Council at the Nov. 26 meeting, but Tugana suggested ECIA review the comments from the commission before the commission forwards the plan.

The commission also took action on the Capital Improvements Plan, forwarding the plan to the council. The CIP committee developed the plan, which details the capital projects the city would complete in the next five years, and forwarded it to the Plan Commission in order for the plan to reach the council.

Projects in fiscal year 2015 total a little more than $10.3 million, with $3.78 million coming from a general obligation bond that would increase the city's debt service tax levy.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser explained the new council will have the final say on what projects are completed as the plan will be incorporated in the budget process that starts early next year.

"If there's something in fiscal year '15 they don't like, they can exclude it as part of the budget process," Kinser said. "The idea is that we have this done and wrapped up and approved in December so that it can immediately become part of the budget process and we're not waiting until late in January."

The city plans to hold a public meeting where members of the community can give input.

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