The Gering City Council Monday night got their first look at the draft comprehensive plan update, which planners say is intended to help provide a framework encouraging business development in the community while remaining attractive to residents.
The plan comes in five sections, looking at the planning process, the city of today and vision of the future, how to shape that future and put the plan into action.
Matt Ashby with Ayres Associates told the council the document highlights 11 different ‘character areas’ found in the community. “What we’ve tried to do is provide you with as much flexibility as possible to consider how uses could blend together in those areas,” said Ashby, “The idea is that this provides a framework for considering future land uses, so you can achieve that goal that we did hear, very loud and clear, of being business friendly and providing a good development environment.”
Changes to zoning ordinances reflecting the comp plan update are also development, and Ashby says both documents will reflect and feed off each other.
Residents can go online to plangering.org to view the draft update, with a comment page that can be filled out and returned to the city by September 12th.
The council also agreed to the idea of having a public hearing on the plan to be conducted by the city’s Planning Commission prior to a final vote on the document, which is anticipated before the end of September.