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by Alex Elias
For some time now you’ve been hearing about planning efforts for University Heights. You may have heard that the city is conducting Community Plan Updates for the city’s older neighborhoods. Planning is something we all do in our daily lives, but in the context of a community’s future planning means something specific. Should planning matter to you? Yes. Why? Because it affects your entire experience of a community.
A Community Plan is the vision for the future of an area. It is the basis for future land use decisions. It broadly prescribes types of uses as well as the density (for residential) and intensity (for commercial or business types of development) for those uses. It sets forth the vision for growth in a community and establishes goals and policies against which all future development projects, provision of infrastructure and the majority of other land use decisions are made.