The Comprehensive Plan is also known as the Master Plan for the community. This is the guiding document that identifies who we are now, who we want to be in the future, and a roadmap for how to get there. The plan should be revisited annually by staff and the Council to remind them of the long-term goals of the community. We should refer to it when we plan our projects for coming years and when we allocate funds in the budget.
The update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan is nearing completion and we welcome participation from all members of the community. On January 28, 2013 and February 25, 2013 the Planning Commission will be holding public hearings on the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. This will be during their regularly schedule monthly meetings at 6pm in City Council Chambers.
Prior to this most recent action the City’s Planning Commission has been working diligently on updating the Salida Comprehensive Plan. The current plan was adopted in 2000 and has not been revisited since its adoption. Based upon community discussions the Planning Commission has created a vision for the City and a draft plan. Staff helped by working on drafts of each chapter which were subsequently reviewed by Planning Commission and the public.
All meetings of the Planning Commission are open to the public and input on the plan is welcome. In addition, there were a number of public meetings throughout the spring and summer of 2010 as when the original plan was drafted. The Planning Commission has been working over the past several months to update the plan to reflect new demographic data, changes that have occurred over the past two years, new budget data, and results from the 2012 Community Survey. The Planning Commission will be holding a public workshop on the plan on February 12th at 6pm in the SteamPlant ballroom to solicit additional public input on the plan.
If you have comments on the draft chapters or would like to receive periodic updates about this project and email notices of upcoming meetings, contact the Community Development Director, Michael Yerman.