Friday, April 30, 1999

Boone Co. invites plan update


Changes, anyone? Now's time to say

BY KRISTINA GOETZ
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Want to help decide development priorities in Boone County in the near future? Now's the time.

        The Boone County Planning Commission is getting a review and update of the county's comprehensive plan under way. The comprehensive plan forms the foundation for land-use regulations in the county.

        “We want to know what changes people think we should consider,” said David Geohegan, director of planning services for the planning com mission.

        The first step in updating the plan is to review goals adopted in 1995.

        Residents interested in the county's development plan can attend a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ellis Cooperative Extension Center in Burlington.

        Commission staff will give a presentation and ask for community input.

        “We'll kind of show some facts and figures and give people a handle on residential and commercial growth in the county,” Mr. Geohegan said. “This is the first meeting we're having in the year-and-a-half process.”

        The workshop is sponsored by the Long Range Planning/ Comprehensive Plan committee of the planning commission, and it is not a formal public hearing or business meeting.

        “If you miss the meeting, call or e-mail us,” Mr. Geohegan said. “There's no deadline at this point.”

        Although public hearings will be held later, the workshop is an opportunity to get involved early, he said.

        Mr. Geohegan said he suspects residents will want to discuss several issues, such as recreation and transportation, that came up in 1995.

        “There was a lot of talk about mass transit,” he said. “And with all the stuff that's going on in the northeast Boone County plan with roads, we want to know what people think about that.”

        One of the 1995 goals was to provide adequate recreational facilities for Boone Countians. Planning commission staff wants to know if that's still a priority.

        “There are also new subdivisions that are only accessible by old, country roads,” Mr. Geohegan said. “We're starting to spread out in those areas, and I think it's critical to look at that.”

        For more information about the workshop, call the planning commission at 334-2196. More information and a complete copy of the plan are on the county's Web site at www.boonecountyky.org

       



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