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Plan Commission talks about future of Plymouth

July 3, 2013

   07/05/13 The Plymouth Plan Commission will begin to work on items that will bring the city in line with its new comprehensive plan.

The Commission decided to form a committee to look at the city’s subdivision ordinance that had not been revised since 1989.

In the new Comprehensive Plan are items that are deemed things that can be quickly be accomplished by the city. Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surrisi addressed the Commission with several of those items within their control.

City Plan Director Ralph Booker along with Surrisi, Commission members Mark Gidley, Feece, Don Ecker Jr., and City Engineer Rick Gaul will begin looking at the ordinance for any changes that need to be made.

The Commission began discussions about planning development along the proposed 7th Road extension that will be the city’s link to the new U.S. 31. Just what kind of development the city will allow along the route was at issue. The area will also be the north entrance to Plymouth.

Some members supported more commercial development along the route with others happy that it was currently zoned agricultural and residential. Booker also reminded the board of the dangers of “sprawl” or drawing activity and development away from the center of Plymouth.

The board also briefly discussed the west part of Plymouth and South Gateway as areas in need of development within the city.

Gidley asked Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter – also present at the meeting – to provide the Commission with some guidance on the issues he would like the group to address as part of their contribution to the Comprehensive Plan.

Senter said that the west side of Plymouth near the train depot and signage were issues he would like to see addressed.