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Public invited to help steer growth

[AUG. 1, 2006]  Do you ever worry whether your community will survive in the future or if it might grow in a way that you don't want it to? Do you worry if there will there will be jobs for your children when they grow up? Or do we have the types of services, activities, transportation and jobs you think should be available? Would you want to encourage more retail or wholesale businesses, factories, or develop an industry that serves a retirement community?

These are the types of questions that were asked in a questionnaire hosted by the Logan County Regional Planning Commission over a year ago. The results of the questionnaire were used in the redevelopment of the 30-year-old Logan County Comprehensive Plan. The answers from the questionnaire served as a base for direction for our plan, which will preserve those qualities of life most cherished and look at what needs to change. But the work has only begun.

Nearly anyone intentionally living here would probably say they don't want to become like a bigger city. Most people say they enjoy our slower rural lifestyle and would like to keep it that way. But there are decisions that need to be made to help create an economic climate that would allow that atmosphere to continue while sustaining growth that will keep our communities viable.

The future is now. The time to think about what life will be like here in five, 10 and 25 years from now, is now.

The Logan County Regional Planning Commission has a preliminary draft of the new comprehensive plan ready for the review process. This plan will lead in decision-making for the county and communities therein for many years to come.

This is not the end, says Bill Martin, co-chairman of the comprehensive plan committee. This plan will continue to change as decisions are made in the future, particularly in regard to land use and as it needs updating. It will also be used interactively with our new geographic information system and our soon-to-be-developed comprehensive economic development system.

The draft goes before individual communities for their review this month. Public hearings are scheduled for:

  • Mount Pulaski -- Aug. 8, 6 p.m.

  • Atlanta -- Aug. 15, 6 p.m.

  • Elkhart -- Aug. 16, 7 p.m.

  • Lincoln City Hall -- Aug. 17, 7 p.m.

  • Logan County Courthouse, first floor courtroom -- Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.

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Citizens are encouraged to attend any meeting of their choice. It is hoped to provide information and possibly have an expert present at each of the meetings to lead in some of the discussions that will help further define some areas of the plan as pertains to the individual communities.

The newly created, recompiled comprehensive plan has taken months of concentrated efforts and now needs attention from the public and community leaders. The commission is now faced with a new challenge: to persuade public recognition of the value and opportunity the plan presents and the importance of public participation.

The newly reseated commission has a number of insightful, energized new members in addition to experienced members who want to live up to new and old challenges. Starting with Martin, he said he is committed to working at continuing development of the plan and then keeping it updated, as well as helping communities use it more actively.

The components of the plan aim to keep communities growing in the manner the most desired, but it takes public participation. Factors determining the quality of life and the character of your community are in your hands.

View the Logan County Comprehensive Plan and Greenways Plan drafts:

[Jan Youngquist]

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