Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Those who live, work, or play in Liberty Township will have one last chance to provide input on the township’s future before a group prepares its Vision Plan draft recommendation.
From 5-8 p.m., June 27, there will be stations set up throughout the trustee’s meeting room at the administration building, 6400 Princeton Road. Each station will address one of eight topics addressed in the plan.
The plan is an update to the township’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan – a 20-year planning tool that was supposed to be updated every five years or so.
A Vision Plan Steering Committee has been holding work sessions for more than a year to update the plan. This is the first major review of the original plan although there have been two minor updates.
Members of the committee will be at each station to explain progress and gather community comments, said Jonathan West, director of planning and zoning.
“There will be posters at each station with all the goals and recommendations on each of the topics,” West said. “We want to make sure we get everyone’s comments before we prepare the final draft recommendation.”
That recommendation will be presented to trustees later this year when there will be a series of public hearings before the Vision Plan is adopted by the end of the year.
“The Vision Plan update will help us best direct our efforts to promote the growth of our commercial tax base with minimal impact on existing residents while preserving the character of the Liberty Township that more than 37,000 people call home,” said Christine Matacic, president of the board of trustees.
Poster board at each of the stations will include the land use map and proposed changes to it; government and community services; along with township demographics that include changes in population, age, race and income.
Other boards depict housing goals; economic development, including four commercial corridors; a plan for trails, pedestrian and bicycle paths; recreational goals; and goals for both transportation and utilities.
The public can view the committee’s progress and follow along through a new tab under the ‘planning/zoning’ section of the township’s website, www.liberty-township.com.
There, the steering committee has posted PowerPoint presentations, the 2006 comprehensive plan, meeting minutes, demographic information and several land use and other maps.
The township will also accept comments online from those not able to attend the meeting.
For more information, call 513-759-7500.