Public Gets Look at Plans for Cedar City

Public Gets Look at Plans for Cedar City

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Cedar City keeps growing, and city officials are trying to guide the expansion with a little help from the public.

"There's a unique character to Cedar City we'd like to see preserved. That doesn't mean stopping growth but making growth fit that character," said Brian Maxfield, Cedar City community development director.

A series of open houses for residents to review and comment on the general plan wrapped up on Sept. 27.

Mayor Gerald Sheratt felt the meetings went well despite low attendance. The largest crowd was 80 people and the smallest was 20.

"Many who did attend left questions for the staff, and I think a lot of their suggestions will end up in the final document," Sheratt said.

Maxfield said most of the feedback was favorable. Criticism and concerns were mostly regarding code enforcement and ongoing growth.

"When growth happens, people become concerned," Maxfield said.

Cedar City's master growth plan was last updated in 1994. In the 13 years since, there have been significant growth spurts. Several areas have grown so much they're not included in the city's master plan at all, Maxfield said.

The new plan also addresses transportation, land use, parks and open space, economic development and zoning, Maxfield said.

A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23, and the city planning commission is expected to make a recommendation by the end of November. The City Council will then hold a public hearing before voting on the plan.

"A lot of people want to give input," Maxfield said. "These are their chances."


Information from: The Spectrum

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