By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE,, MN Lester Prairie residents will have the opportunity to learn about proposed changes to the city’s comprehensive plan and share their ideas during an open house Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at city hall.
Economic Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz said the comp plan is a planning document that touches on a variety of areas, including land use, planning and zoning, economic development, transportation, utilities, and the needs of the community.
Birkholz said the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission served as a consultant for the city in preparing the draft of the updated plan.
The last time the city updated its comprehensive plan was in 2005.
The city also assembled a task force of 10 to 12 people from the community including people of varying ages, men and women, senior citizens, representatives from the school district and adjacent townships, and city residents.
The task force has been reviewing the comp plan and working on proposed changes for the past eight to 12 months.
Input from the task force was incorporated into the draft comprehensive plan.
Birkholz said the city is looking for input and ideas from residents during the open house Feb. 23. Suggestions from the open house will be reviewed, and may be incorporated into the plan.
Residents attending the open house will be able to see copies of the draft plan, as well as land use maps and other information.
After input from the open house has been reviewed, the draft plan will be updated and presented to the city council for review.
Birkholz said he expects the city council will approve a final version of the updated plan sometime this spring.