Time to update city’s master plan?
By Kitty Conley email@example.com April 16, 2013 11:48AM
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM
CROWN POINT — At the end of the Plan Commission meeting on April 8 City Engineer Tris Miles told the planners that they should start looking at the possibility of re-doing the city’s Master Plan.
“The Master Plan was done in 2005 and should be updated,” he said. He added that the company that did the plan, The LaKota Group, offered an update of the sign ordinances at them time “but the city chose not to so at that time because it was too expensive.”
While he is the engineer and not the city planner, a lot of what comes across Miles’s desk is addressed in master plans. That includes traffic, storm and sanitary sewer runs and water plans.
According to Miles that plan was done in 2005 and should be updated every five or 10 years. The current plan is eight years old.
The current plan does not include the 109th Avenue interchange with Interstate 65. It also does not include all the updates that have been made to Broadway and North Street traffic signals, the major work on the SportsPlex and that water storage and slow release. The work done in Stillwater has not been added into the city’s Master Plan.
The creation of a Master Plan is the responsibility of the Plan Commission. It is up to this body to recommend spending the money to the City Council and to the Redevelopment Commission.
A lot of what needs to be updated in the Master Plan concerns the development within the Tax Increment Financing district. Those funds are controlled by the Redevelopment Commission.
When the LaKota Group did the plan in 2005 they had to contend with the previous Master Plan that was well over a quarter of a century old.
It would be a less daunting task and possibly less expensive totally to have the 2005 plan updated by at least 2015, which would entail getting the idea moving now.