City talks updates to comprehensive master plan

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Troy City Planning Commission has made significant advancements toward goals laid out in 2009.

The commission met Thursday afternoon and received a Comprehensive Community Master Plan update from Melissa Sanders, the city’s planning and zoning administrator.

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“We didn’t want a document that sat on the shelf,” said Commission Chairman Bill Hopper. “This update shows that there has been a tremendous amount of work done, and that the City is prepared to continue making advancements to improve the quality of life for its citizens.”

Among the accomplishments shown for “diverse economic and community development” were the Lockheed Martin expansion, recruitment of Golden Boy Foods and the construction of a new Spec Building at Industrial Park South.

Under “improved regional access and convenient local transportation,” the airport runway expansion was listed, as well as improvements to Madison/Montgomery Street.

As part of the “community facilities” goal, a few listed accomplishments were the city’s taking over of Troy Regional Medical Center, improvements and construction at the Hank Jones Early Childhood Center at Troy Elementary School and the new Troy Public Library.

The 24-page document highlights, in detail, information about all goals and policy and recommendation updates.

“I was proud to see what we’ve done,” Sanders said.

Commission member Marcus Paramore echoed her feelings.

“I’m very excited about what has been accomplished to date,” Paramore said “It’s imperative that the existing relationships, that the city has established with all constituents, continue to meet the goals identified in the Comprehensive Plan.”

Those wishing to see the update document in its entirety can visit City Hall, or contact Sanders. The city hopes to have the update posted online in the near future.