Development opportunities potentially will be available in the downtown—the Police Department relocating is one example. To prepare for this, the City is updating a portion of its 2013 Comprehensive Plan that focuses on the area shown.
Downtown Comprehensive Plan Update
City Council Planning & Development Committee reviewed draft recommendations for the Comprehensive Plan amendment on Feb. 10, 2020. The current draft of the plan amendments are posted in the Project Documents menu.
The Committee made a motion to forward the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to City Council for public hearing. The public hearing date has not yet been scheduled, but is expected in Summer or Fall 2020.
Background on the project:
Over the next few years, there may be development opportunities coming to the area north of Main Street and south of the old railroad bridge within our Downtown. On the east side, the Police Department has moved to a new facility. Additionally, there have been discussions about the potential for pedestrian and recreational enhancement to the riverfront in this area. In light of these changes, the City is updating the vision laid out in the Downtown Sub Area section of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, which serves as the City’s long-range guide for development.
The City is updating the "Catalyst Sites" map that identifies sites in the downtown area for potential redevelopment. The plan defines Catalyst Sites as Underutilized properties where redevelopment could have a catalytic impact on the surrounding area. The plan update is focused on underutilized sites north of Main Street. The scope of the update includes recommended land use and site improvements for riverfront parcels and immediately adjacent blocks, including the former Police Station and surrounding City-owned property.
The City began gathering information for the Comprehensive Plan amendment in Spring 2019. Documents from the review process are posted in the Project Documents menu. Plan Commission concluded review of the Comprehensive Plan amendment draft in January 2020.
The complete 2013 Comprehensive Plan can be viewed here.