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Paynesville Press - May 1, 2002

City updating its comprehensive plan

By Michael Jacobson

The city of Paynesville is sponsoring a Community Visioning Workshop on Monday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Paynesville Area Center as part of its comprehensive planning effort.

The city has committed $25,000 towards creating a new comprehensive plan, since the last one was done a quarter century ago, in 1977.

The comprehensive plan will looks at numerous aspects of the city and the community, including infrastructure, zoning and land use, and potential growth. The final document is not binding but will be used in planning and as a reference.

The city has hired the consulting firm of Dahlgren, Shardlow, and Uban to complete the comprehensive plan, which could take 10 to 12 months to do.

The purpose of the forum on May 13 will be to inform residents of the planning process and to gather input on a variety of issues facing Paynesville. This information will be used in formulating goals and policies for the comprehensive plan.

Topics that could be discussed at the workshop include: What are the most important issues facing Paynesville?; What are Paynesville's strengths?; What are Paynesville's weaknesses?; and What should Paynesville look like in the future?

Updating its comprehensive plan should help the city plan and manage for urban growth; identify appropriate areas for residential, commercial, and industrial development; identify transportation needs; examine its neighborhoods and housing needs; and plan for community facilities to meet the needs of the public.

Questions about the comprehensive plan can be directed to city administrator Steve Helget at city hall at 320-243-3714.

The city approached Paynesville Township about participating in the comprehensive plan. Mayor Jeff Thompson asked the township for a $2,000 contribution to the planning cost at the township board meeting last week.

The township could also apply for a $2,500 grant towards the plan. The city is already applying for a $2,500 grant itself. The township board tabled action on the mayor's request last week.

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