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Council’s Corner

What’s The Plan?

The general plan for the city is a comprehensive long-term plan for  physical development. In this sense it is a blueprint for Washington City. When considering an update to the city’s existing general plan you need to consider whether or not the current plan complies with state requirements and how well the plan serves the community vision and needs. According to state demographers Washington City’s fast-paced growth is expected to continue for years to come. As city leaders seek the best way to promote smart - informed growth, elected officials will be asking those that live and work in Washington for input as a vital element in updating the plan.

Growth and other factors have prompted the need to prepare for an update that would take place in the next year or two. Newly passed laws will need to be incorporated, as well as housing elements such as Inclusionary zoning and accessory dwelling units that seek to help in the need for Intergenerational housing where owners could build accessory units that are guest or extended family houses that are typically rented out on a long-term basis, NOT overnight. The most urgent addition to the city master plan is Water. Are you surprised? Substantial infrastructure by the Washington County Water Conservation District is essential in order to keep pace with population growth. The city will need to address local water development, conservation, usage, and a secondary system for irrigation in the months to come. As you are going about your daily lives, take a look around our beautiful city and consider what’s important to you and your family. For me it’s no secret that I’m not a fan of high densities: the reason is because increased densities doesn’t equate to affordable or attainable housing; that will take all of us in a communal effort to achieve.

In a bigger sense does our local economy and its housing mix actually match, and are there price points for all segments of the community. Where we’re going is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. Let’s get it right together. I appreciate serving you,

 –Kurt Ivie, Washington City Council


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