City Plan may be closer to approval

Published 6:19 pm Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The City of Troy’s Comprehensive Community Master Plan will take one more stride toward implementation today.

After nearly a year of planning meetings, public hearings and reviewing drafts, the Planning Commission will have one last hearing before giving its stamp of approval.

“This will be the final draft, then the Planning Commission will review that,” said City Planner Calvin Lott. “They could adopt it tomorrow night, but I doubt they will.”

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Still, Planning Commission members will welcome final comments from the public on different areas of the city plan, a plan that has recommendations for long term development, spanning from transportation to downtown development to future zoning recommendations. Highland Avenue, which has been a big interest in past hearings, still calls for revitalization in its long-range plans. Lott said some changes have been made to the plan, but they are minor. The meeting will take place at the Sportsplex from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for residents to give comments on the city plan. After the Planning Commission gives its final approval, likely in a month from now, the Troy City Council will have to do the same. But even after the plan comes to completion, Lott said everything in it will not necessarily take place. It will serve as a guide for the Board of Adjustments and Planning Commission in future zoning and development of the city.