Planning Commission Approves Proposals: City Council to consider adoption April 3, 17

We’re in the home stretch of Ranson’s ambitious planning effort. With the Planning Commission’s March 26 approval of all the proposals stemming from the City’s eight-month collaborative planning effort, the next — and final — steps toward adoption are on April 3 and 17.

On April 3, Ranson’s City Council hears the legally required first reading of updates of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and a new zoning code designed to enable goals for growth and redevelopment in harmony with the City’s character and traditions. The proposals are scheduled to be voted upon at the April 17 City Council session. Both meetings are open to the public. For details of time and place, go here.

Citizens who attended the March 26 Planning Council meeting offered suggestions for clarifying elements in some of the proposals. And those suggestions were incorporated into the revised documents you’ll find here.

Some in attendance had taken part in meetings and work sessions that have taken place over the previous eight months. They spoke in support of the ideas reflected in the documents, pleased, as one citizen indicated, that the project team made every effort to encourage the look and feel of the most admired neighborhoods of Ranson in the shaping of rules for new development and redevelopment.

You can follow progress through those community meetings dating back to August of 2011 in the posts immediately preceding this one. And you can get a sense of the project’s overall goals by checking out the column to the immediate right.