Planning is job one in 2002
community and economic development department has been awarded a $10,000 Growth
Management Act grant to update the citys comprehensive plan. Department
director Terry Galvin said the city will spend at least twice that and dozens
of staff hours updating state-required plans and regulations in the next year.
Those deadlines will consume me for the next ten to fourteen months,
The citys comprehensive plan, shoreline management plan critical areas and land disturbance rules are all required by the state Growth Management Act and need to be updated every five years. They mandate these programs but dont provide the economic support to local governments to support them, Galvin said. He estimates the comprehensive plan update, which was last done in 1996, could cost up to $25,000. Its going to need to be fairly extensive, he said.