(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
PLANNING AHEAD: Comprehensive Plan impacts regulations, and long-term city policies…
When it comes to city planning, things have to be thought out years in advance. This is why each city has a comprehensive plan document that lays down core elements of community growth that will impact regulations and long-term policies.
Chewelah, which has seen a considerable increase in activity in both business and building in recent years, is updating its comprehensive plan, and the community is being invited to help with the process.
As part of the update process, the City is hosting a community meeting so the public can suggest topics that the city should address. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Chewelah City Hall Council Chambers.
Alicia Ayars, a planner for SCJ Alliance, is helping the City put together its new comprehensize plan along with a vision committee made up of community members.
Ayars said that the comprehensive plan needs to be updated periodically to make sure it is in compliance with the state. It can touch on a variety of topics including land use, transportation, economic development, facilities, utilities and much more.
Ayars has been meeting with the vision committee twice a month and said that they are hoping to get good input from the public at the meeting.
The Office of Financial Management for the state looks at various metrics to determine if a city is growing, staying the same or shrinking. Ayars said that according to the metrics, Chewelah is growing since the last time the plan was updated — 2008 — and that should be reflected in the Comprehensive Plan.
“We really want to know what has changed since the last plan,” Ayars said. “It’s okay for people to talk about a variety of topics including things like parks and the downtown area.”