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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is City Plan 2025 used and how often is it updated?

    City Plan 2025 is the vision document that provides the community with a blueprint for future development. Developed through extensive community input, City Plan 2025 is utilized to help citizens, planners and appointed and elected officials evaluate land use decisions in relation to the six guiding principles:

                  We will make appropriate infill and revitalization our highest priorities.
                  We will discourage suburban sprawl.

                  We will make traditional town form the standard

                  We will grow a livable transportation network.

                  We will assemble an enduring green network.

                  We will create attainable housing.

     City staff has set forth a schedule to update City Plan every five years.

  2. What criteria are used in selecting areas for neighborhood plans, and when is the next one scheduled?

    The development of complete neighborhood plans is an on-going benchmark set up in the framework of City Plan 2025. To date staff has completed neighborhood plans for the Walker Park and Fayette Junction neighborhoods. Staff looks at a number of criteria during the analysis phase of determining which neighborhoods are appropriate candidates for a plan. A short list is compiled and presented to the City Council for the final selection. The following criteria is used to evaluate neighborhood candidates:

      * Does the neighborhood meet the goals of City Plan 2025?
      * Is the area seeing significant development pressure?
      * Is there an abundance of vacant and / or underutilized land?
      * Are there potential partners in the area for the process?
      * Are there any other concurrent or planned projects in the area?

  3. How does the Future Land Use Map inform zoning decisions?

    The Future Land Use Map is used as a template for anticipated future growth patterns. Planners utilize the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) as a tool to help inform them on how current zoning proposals relate to the long range City Plan 2025 goals. The FLUM is updated every five years with the City Plan and Master Transportation Plan update. The FLUM is one of many tools that planners use when evaluating zoning decisions. Additional tools and criteria that planners utilize for zoning recommendations would include; transportation and traffic, determinations of compatibility, environmental concerns and the availability of existing infrastructure such as water, sewer and streets.