Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Mason planners seek public input

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — City Council is close to making the first changes to the comprehensive master plan since 1992.

        But first, city leaders want to hear from residents one final time.

        Residents can review and offer opinions on the draft of the revised comprehensive plan today and Thursday. The 7 p.m. meetings will be held in the Kiva room at Mason High School, 707 S. Mason-Montgomery Road.

        After ideas from both meetings are incorporated, the plan will be presented to the planning commission and then to City Council.

        The comprehensive plan is a strategic guide that city leaders use for residential, industrial and mixed-use land development, planning and transportation in Mason. The plan was approved in 1963, and revised in 1992.

        Three meetings were held last fall. Residents suggested providing more pedestrian links to downtown and throughout the city, balancing commercial development with residential and park development, creating a citywide public gathering place and enhancing the city's identity.

        Alan and Valerie Gudeman attended planning workshops last fall. Their primary concern is that Mason preserve and create more parks.

        “If Mason is going to be a city of trees and a welcome area, and a nice place to live — if you don't have nice parks and places to go, you're not going to have that kind of community,” said Mr. Gudeman, 70.


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