Andy Young, who co-chaired the city’s Master Plan Committee, said the committee felt Council tended to be more reactive than proactive when it comes to looking ahead to future development and other issues.
“The real work is done in committee but there doesn’t seem to be a regular calendar of committee meetings,” Young told Council members this week. “Committees tend to meet when there are issues or problems to deal with rather than meet on a periodic basis to talk about planning ahead. Council tends to be a completely reactive body.”
Young said later that Council may not agree with some components of the plan.
“That’s fine, but we need to at least have some dialogue and discussion to begin to plan ahead,” he said.
Council President Kevin Corcoran, R-at large, agreed that advance planning is preferable whenever possible, and agreed with Young that city councils by their very nature do tend to react to problems or resolving complaints rather than engage in more proactive planning.
Completed two years ago, the master plan lays out recommendations for the city’s future that addressed roads and infrastructure, recreational space and business development versus residential home-building. The plan was structured in such a way that its content was intended to match areas of concern with specific Council committees, Young said.
“Each section is set up to serve as a playbook for Council committees,” he said.
“I don’t have any problem at getting it more on the front burner,” Roseanne Johnson, R, at-large, said when asked about Young’s idea to hold more meetings. “It’s a great blueprint for the city. I don’t want to see it go by the wayside.”
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