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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 9:25 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

The committee that helped prepare Washington’s draft comprehensive plan will meet for the last time Thursday, Jan. 24.

After more than a year of work on the document, committee members will give final input on the draft before sending it to the Washington Planning and Zoning Commission for its consideration. The commission will have the final say on the adoption of the plan.

The city worked with The Lang Gang Inc. to develop the 10-year plan.

“I believe that the Washington Comprehensive Plan is a true reflection of the wants, needs, and desires of the community for moving the city forward over the next 10 years,” said Dan Lang of The Lang Gang. “The steering committee did an excellent job of listening to the citizens of the community and crafting a plan which is responsive to those expressed needs.”

The plan consists of 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.

Throughout the planning process, Washington residents were invited to provide input on the draft plan through public visioning sessions. Those who couldn’t attend the sessions could take a survey online.

Additionally, a representative from Arcturis set up a booth at the Fall Festival of the Arts and Crafts in Downtown Washington in September. The booth displayed informational boards to inform the public of the comprehensive planning process, the plan goals and schedule.

Arcturis is a St. Louis-based company whose role is on the public participation side of the comprehensive plan development.

Overall, Lang said the plan compares “very favorably” to those created for other communities.

“The essence of a good comprehensive plan is whether it is truly comprehensive in scope and has a strong implementation strategy component,” Lang said. “This plan has both of those elements.”

The Jan. 24 meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at city hall.

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