Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

City’s plan for growth being updated

August 4, 2005

The Lansing City Council last Thursday reviewed wording changes to the city's comprehensive plan in an hour-long study session with members of the Lansing Planning Commission.

The two sections or "modules" under review covered transportation and community facilities.

The plan, which includes four other modules, originally was produced in 2001 by the city's Community Development Division with the help of a consultant. Changes reviewed Thursday included new projects that didn't appear in the plan that have since begun.

John Jacobson, superintendent of the division, said that although the session served mostly to hash out editing decisions on wording changes in those modules, it was a productive session.

"It spanned quite a few topics," Jacobson said.

Those topics included the appropriate tack for the city to take in planning, including how far in the future to plan ahead on projects as specific as the extension of Gilman Road and Holiday Drive, and the wisdom of constructing a bypass to reroute highway through-traffic off Main Street.

A public hearing to approve the final changes to the document has not been scheduled, but will likely take place in September, Jacobson said.

Jacobson likened the plan to a "floor plan for the future," as it is not legally binding.

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