Comments sought on new comprehensive plan draft

Marianne Gillespie
mgillespie@timestoday.com
Chillicothe City Hall

Calling all citizens interested in future development of Chillicothe — the time has come to check out the first draft of the city’s comprehensive plan.

The 12-member advisory committee was named quickly at the end of last year as the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission had funding to assist the city with a new plan. The last time it was updated was about 12 years ago.

Residents will be able to look at the plan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Chillicothe Public Library in the public meeting room. Maps of future land use will be available as well as the draft of the plan.

In early spring, residents were asked to fill out an online survey about Chillicothe, which netted about 350 responses. A separate youth survey also was conducted with local juniors and seniors with different questions for them.

“I think that people were generally happy with the core services that the city provides,” said David Smesrud, a planner II with the Tri-County Planning Commission.

Also coming from that survey was general interest in keeping existing businesses and then attracting new business. According to the survey, residents continue to want a second grocery store, Smesrud said.

Residents “best opportunity” to comment is at the public open house but it will not be the last, Smesrud said.

“It’s something that provides a guide to city leadership that could impact future development,” he said.

Residents may also see the first draft online at the city’s website, www.cityofchillicotheil.com, and click “2014 Comprehensive Plan” under the quick links.