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Posted on May 20, 2016

Comprehensive plan needs citizen input

Staff report
Care to see an indoor pool in Quincy?
How about a beautification project in the downtown?
Or maybe you want the city to add more roundabouts through town?
As the city of Quincy begins updating its 20-year comprehensive plan, it’s inviting the public to envision what the community may look like by the time we reach 2036.
To get the public started, the city will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at city hall, when citizens can give their feedback to city officials.
The open house is a drop-in event, where city officials will be reviewing the plan’s update process and answering any questions from the public. Citizens will be asked to fill out a survey that will ask, among other things, what they value about living in Quincy and what issues face the town today.
Carl Worley, the city’s building official, encourages residents to participate in the important planning process.
“It’s important because (citizens) can have a say in what direction they want the city to go,” Worley said.
Mandated by the state, a comprehensive plan is a tool used by cities to help determine how they will grow. It is completed every 20 years, with updates made every six to seven years, Worley said.
A comprehensive plan takes several months to complete. Worley expects the plan to be presented to the city council toward the end of this year.
Overseeing the process is the city’s planning commission and the Community Planning and Economic Development committee.
As part of the comprehensive plan process, the state requires that cities reach out to citizens to gather their input. The public will be asked to participate throughout the year in a variety of ways, from public meetings to surveys.
That doesn’t mean all citizens’ ideas will be incorporated into the comprehensive plan, Worley warned. But these ideas do give city leaders and staff direction.
“It’s kind of dreaming of what we want to do in 20 years,” he said.

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