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Preston to update Land Use Plan

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council's meeting was relatively brief on May 4. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the purpose of a Land Use Plan for the city. The plan was last updated October 1999. The plan along with the zoning map and the land use ordinances together should better serve the citizenry.

The Planning Commission wants direction from the council. Hoffman noted that money wasn't budgeted for 2009 to develop a plan. He expects that it could cost upwards of $4,000. The Planning Commission has asked that money be budgeted for 2010.

Hoffman detailed the goals including developing the actual document, getting public input from two or more public meetings, and raising public awareness. A committee of about twenty members will be organized and include two P and Z members, one or two city council members, an EDA member, representatives from agriculture, the chamber of commerce, schools, the business sector, parks, the township, builders/developers, Preston Public Utilities, churches, and seniors.

Councilman Robert Sauer who also serves on the Planning Commission, maintained following the plan along with the ordinances make the ordinances more defensible in court. He recommended more than two public hearings if the public shows an interest.

Hoffman added that the Land Use Plan is necessary to make it clear where the city expects residential expansion and where it expects industrial expansion.

Other Business

• Five names were drawn as a finale to the Catch Savings In Preston. Mayor Kurt Reicks drew from the customer inventory forms. After the meeting, five homes will be visited and with the customers permission, the installation of their CFLs will be confirmed. Any or all of those five customers who had their CFLs installed will receive credit for a months electric bill from Preston Public Utilities.

• The 200 Block of Main Street West will be closed on Saturday, May 16 for an ambulance display during Trout Days.

• It was noted that FEMA has approved the application and allocated funds for purchase of the Moeller house, which will result in the eventual removal of the house from the flood plain.

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