Washington has a new comprehensive plan to help guide future growth and development.
After making one minor addition, Washington Planning and Zoning Commission members unanimously approved a resolution Monday night formally adopting the new plan.
That concludes a community planning process that started more than 15 months ago.
Darren Lamb, the city’s community and economic development director, noted that it was 10 years ago in April that the previous comprehensive plan was adopted.
The commission held a public hearing on the new plan last month and made some changes following the discussion.
John Borgmann, board member, pointed out Monday that one of the changes was to provide for a second access for the Windy Hills subdivision off West Fifth Street. The final draft submitted to the board shows the second access on a map, but the text was omitted in another section of the plan, Borgmann said.
The text will be added to the plan, the board was told.
The next step will be to submit the plan to the city council.
However, the board’s action Monday night formally adopted the plan.
“This is the one time that you, as a board, approve an issue,” said City Counselor Mark Piontek. While the plan board normally only recommends action on zoning and subdivision issues, state statute mandates that it adopt the comprehensive plan.
“The council can’t override your decision,” Piontek said.
The city hired the Lang Gang consulting firm to direct the development of the plan, which included a series of meetings and other methods used to gain citizen input.
The plan features six focus segments: aesthetics, civic improvement, land use, transportation/infrastructure, parks/recreation/open space, and economic development. Each focus area has several goals and objectives to meet.
There are about 42 goals and 144 objectives. A future land use map and major street plan also are included in the plan.
The plan is designed to help city officials anticipate future land usage, which is beneficial when looking at zoning requests, as well as when the city is looking at its transportation networks and development.
Steering committee members included Scott Breckenkamp, Tim Brinker, Bob Dobsch, Gayle Hachman, Tom Holdmeier, Sandy Lucy, Terri McLain, Gretchen Aubuchon Pettet, Julie Scannell, Tessie Steffens, John Vietmeier, Kurt Voss and Carolyn Witt.