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|City unveils comprehensive plan|
After more than a year of meetings, discussion and planning, the city of Monroe has pieced together its first updated comprehensive plan for the city in more than 20 years.
City officials, community and business leaders and representatives from New York's Peter J. Smith & Co. have been working on the comprehensive plan since early 2007.
The state Constitution mandates that municipalities maintain a comprehensive plan to provide guidelines for future growth.
"We now have a roadmap for the future as we continue to lay the foundation for continued growth and development for generations to come," said Mayor Jamie Mayo.
The comprehensive plan will serve as a policy guideline for virtually all future development in the city, he said.
Peter J. Smith and Co. was hired for more than $211,000 in 2007 to interview city officials, business leaders and the public about they thought Monroe should move forward. The firm also studied current conditions in Monroe and what it felt needed to be done to accommodate future growth.
The final draft of the comprehensive plan includes zoning, landscaping projects, plans for growth, economic development and revitalization efforts within the city limits, said Eve Holberg, a planner with the New York firm.
"We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the leaders and residents of the city of Monroe on this important plan," said Peter Smith, principal of Peter J. Smith & Co. "We believe that great things are in store for the city and that the comprehensive plan will help the city make the most of the opportunities that are coming its way in the future."
Monroe Planning & Urban Development director Chris Fisher added, "Monroe's new comprehensive plan gives us a guide book to nurture the city's growth and development in the 21st Century. With the comprehensive plan, the city of Monroe is fulfilling what were only unthinkable dreams. This will enhance our reality as the hub and gateway city for northeast Louisiana. The city has now shown those in the world of business, education, and many other fields, that it is ready to welcome development and managed growth."
The public is invited to review the plan and offer comments by mail, telephone or e-mail.
Copies of the "One City, One Future" comprehensive plan for the city of Monroe are available for review at the Planning and Zoning Division office, located in the City Hall Annex at 3901 Jackson Street; and, on the city of Monroe's website at www.monroela.us
Two public hearings will be held to discuss the comprehensive plan before it is officially adopted by the Monroe City Council.
The first public hearing will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. It will be conducted by the Monroe Planning Commission.
The second hearing will be held during the Monroe City Council's regular meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Both public hearings will take place in the Monroe City Council chambers.