GOSHEN — Goshen is making plans for the next 10 years.
The city has been working with residents over the last year to help shape its 2014-2025 comprehensive plan, a policy document created by the plan commission and adopted by the city council that lists visions and goals for community development.
A draft of that plan was presented at the last plan commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19, and the commission will have a hearing for the community to voice their comments or concerns at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the council chambers, 111 E. Jefferson St.
The draft is available online at the city’s homepage, at the planning and zoning department website and at the City of Goshen Comprehensive Plan Update Facebook page.
Hard copies are also available at city hall, the municipal annex building, the public library and the chamber of commerce.
As part of the comprehensive plan update, Goshen is participating as one of 10 pilot communities with the American Planning Association’s Sustaining Places initiative, which is a multi-year program that focuses on issues in the community related to sustainability.
Goshen’s planning staff reviewed the previous plan, from 2004 to 2013, using APA’s sustainability standards and found that about one-third of APA’s sustainability standards are missing or weak.
As a result, some new standards were implemented into the new plan, like having local food networks and promoting green building design.
Other goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan also address issues of land use, neighborhoods, housing, economic development, community services and facilities and transportation.
Once the draft is approved is it sent to the city council for its adoption.
On a day-to day basis, the plan serves as a guide for decisions and actions made by city officials in decision-making, like when considering development proposals.
Although the plan provides a long-range vision for the community, it will prioritize some goals, focusing in a three-year timeframe. In three years, the goals will be revised and the priority list will be updated.
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