Damascus, OR (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
The City of Damascus Planning Commission has approved and recommended the City Council adopt the Comprehensive Plan and Development Code. The Comprehensive Plan was written based upon what citizens identified as important community goals and policies for all types of development within the community. The Plan will manage the location of population and job growth as well as public investments in infrastructure (such as streets, sidewalks, parks and sewers) over the next 20 years. It sets guidelines for community involvement and influences what private development and public facilities will look like. The Development Code is the rulebook that defines how the City can develop. The Planning Commission and Development Code Team spent thousands of hours over the last two years crafting The Plan based upon the testimony of hundreds of citizens while using state and regional land use law as a guide.
"The goal of the Planning Commission was to engage citizens in a process that created a plan that was fair and flexible reflecting the goals and values of our community," said Katherine Ruthruff, Chair of the Damascus Planning Commission. "This plan creates a foundation for the future growth of our city."
"This is a major milestone for Damascus," stated John Morgan, Community Development Director for the City of Damascus. "The City really owes a debt of gratitude to these volunteers. The time and effort they put in to create a plan that reflects the values of the citizens of Damascus is staggering. We wouldn’t be anywhere close to where we are today without them."
The Plan goes to the City Council next, where they will deliberate on recommendations from the Planning Commission. Deliberations are scheduled for the week of June 24, with a possible adoption of the Comprehensive Plan and Development Code scheduled for July 1, 2013. Upon Council adoption, the Comprehensive Plan and Development Code will be referred to the voters in November.
Elements of the Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, Transportation System Plan, and Integrated Water Plan can all be found at: http://damascusoregon.gov/compplan.