Vision, Community Input and Fiscal Responsibility Drive Price City’s General Plan Update

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Price City has undergone a process of updating its General City Plan. This Wednesday during a public hearing at the Price City Council, consultant Ken Young, provided a power point presentation of how the new city plan looks.

The planning process began in August of 2012, and is an extension of the existing plan created in 2003. There was an advisory workshop that included the public and city officials and staff to remove the obsolete parts of the existing plan, and look ahead to the next ten years of needs and wants. By 2030 the population is expected to expand to 11,481 citizens. With that growth, land use and zoning issues need to be addressed. Also as housing growth occurs, the plan emphasized the need for hillside development regulations and open space protections to keep the quality of life associated with living in Price. The plan includes a focus on community design, economic goals, and transportation. Within the city, the plan looks at several connector routes to facilitate growth and functionality. Also there is a goal of working toward Highway 6 as an interstate freeway. Bike routes, pedestrian foot paths, parks and recreation facilities are included in the plan’s vision. A need to put designated bike routes and encourage more pedestrians in the city was seen as a plus for further city growth. Finally, the plan addressed housing, public facilities, services and future goals. The council ended the public meeting and voted to adopt the updated plan. Council woman, Kathy Hanna-Smith, stated that the city uses the plan in everything they do. Young stated that Price City was one of the better cities he has worked with, because they do keep their plan current and viable as a working document. In other business, a public hearing was held in conjunction with mid-year budget changes. With no objections, those changes were approved. New library board member, Kelly Stoddart, was sworn by Laurie Tryon. She introduced herself to the council and explained why she wanted to serve on the board. Terry Willis, Soroptimist International of Price, invited the mayor and council to participate in a celebration on the International Day of Women. They plan on releasing balloons and reading a proclamation celebrating women who make history on Friday, March 8. During committee reports, Bob Bennett was happy to state that the weekend storm had helped the snow totals in the Manti Cottonwood drainage. On Monday it was reported that there was 13.1” of water with 48” of snow pack. That is better than last year at this time.

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