Comprehensive plan update considered


The current vision for the city of Delaware’s future contains 275 pages.

It was also adopted on March 2004.

City Council had the first reading last week to approve $175,000 to update its comprehensive plan, which contains a set of official city policies and strategies to manage development and growth.

“The Plan serves as a flexible blueprint to guide decision-making by the City, community organizations, and private individuals and entities relative to development,” according to the city’s website.

The proposed funds would be used to hire a consultant and engage with the public over the next two years. Council and staff have discussed the need to update the plan, according to a city-prepared fact sheet.

It said: “The current Comprehensive Plan has served the community well but is over 10 years old — having been adopted in 2004.”

The funds would allow staff to prepare and issue a request for proposal, or an RFP, for the consultant. Staff originally recommended a working budget of $200,000.

“Depending on the responses to the RFP, the budget amount may need to be adjusted,” the fact sheet said.

The plan now contains sections about growth management, land use, community character, transportation, community facilities and services, economic development, housing, environmental resources and implementation.

It was recently used in the city’s recently approved update to the master bike plan, which contains the $1.67 million Delaware Run trail from Houk Road to the west side of the Hidden Valley Golf Course.

Council will have a second reading of the plan at its June 12 meeting.

By Brandon Klein

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Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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