The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 23, 2014

A plan for the future

Our city needs to amend its comprehensive plan

ENID, Okla. — We like the idea proposed at last week’s Enid City Commission study session to come up with a new comprehensive plan.

City Planner Chris Bauer made the recommendation during the study session last week. It’s been nine years since the city’s comprehensive plan was amended.

It would cost almost $500,000, but the study could identify needs and opportunities in the city, establish public policy and be a tool for staff and elected officials in determining where city money should be spent. It would take into account recent retail investment trends and the expansion of industry.

As its name suggestions, the plan would be comprehensive. It would include housing, water, parks and recreation, transportation and infrastructure, along with a revision of the city’s zoning ordinances.

The study could be available to city commission by the end of the year, once commissioners give it the go-ahead and a firm is selected to undertake it.

We think this is something the city needs to move on quickly.

The city hasn’t stood still in the past decade. A lot has changed in the nine years since the last revision to the comprehensive plan. The plan needs to change, as well, to keep up with what’s been going on in the city and any changes in priorities that could come about in the future.

It’s time to plan for our future.

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