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December 27, 2013

Input sought to update city's master plan

GOSHEN — A plan for the City of Goshen will be updated in the coming year.

The Comprehensive Plan and Community Vision:2004-2013 sets policies and goals for the future land use and development of public ways, places, land, structures and utilities in the community, said Abby Wiles, Assistant Planning/Zoning Administrator.

“It is prepared with input from citizens and community leaders. Plans never expire, they are just updated,” Wiles said. “From what we have heard since we talked about updating the plan is that citizens love the plan and they like the emphasis on sustainability and don’t want to compromise the integrity of the plan.”

So four topic-driven public meetings will be held from January to March to gather input on the plan update.

“The public meetings will be participatory, with small group table discussions and interactive exercises. We want to drum up interest in our meetings and get people to participate,” Wiles said. “Information from the meetings will be used to develop the polices and goals of the plan. The public is invited to participate in an online survey, which will soon be released, to provide input.”

Sustainability standards

Wiles was excited to share the news that as part of the Comprehensive Plan update process, the City of Goshen has been selected to participate as one of 10 pilot communities with the American Planning Association (APA).

The communities work nationally with the APA Sustaining Places program to develop comprehensive plan standards for sustainability.

“It is exciting to be part of the pilot program. The APA is just one component of the piece of the plan,” Wiles said.

Over the next few months, Goshen and the other nine pilot communities will evaluate APA’s draft standards, consider a designation program for Comprehensive Plans and report findings to the APA.

“A diverse group of communities has been selected to serve as pilots, with populations ranging from 800 residents to more than one million people,” she said.

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