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P&Z begins work on update to city’s comprehensive plan

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By Jeff Moore

Carrollton’s Planning and Zoning Commission is working to update the city’s comprehensive plan that serves as a guide to future development.

At the Aug. 2 meeting, commissioners held preliminary discussions to review the plan that must be revised every five years. P&Z agreed to invite a representative from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to next month’s meeting to work with them on options that may be included in the update.

Code enforcement officer Arthur Zook said P&Z needs to add the river walk from Fifth Street to Point Park and up the Kentucky River to the comprehensive plan.

In an interview Friday, Zook said this should include carrying the walk along the Kentucky River all the way to the locks. He noted this will probably be completed in stages.

There was also mention of a two-lane road along the river. Zook explained that this street would link Point Park with Fifth Street. “You have a partial road now that leads from Fifth to the parking lot,” he said.

During the meeting, commissioner Ed Raker said he believes P&Z should consider some other development possibilities when updating the plan. While he did not have any particular areas in mind, he said members should look for areas in the city where commercial development is possible.

“It’s a goal we ought to have,” Raker said.

Mayor Dwight Louden said he would like to see the commission explore the city’s options for growth and development.

“I challenge this group to look 20 years down the road,” he told P&Z members.

In Friday’s interview, Zook said the commission has to have the plan updated by the end of the year.

Changes sought by P&Z will be given to NKADD, which will revise the plan and update all statistics on the city.

“If we don’t add anything and take it as it is and say its fine, then it shows no growth, it shows no initiative,” Zook said. “And as I mentioned, it opens the door for possible grants to construct these things.”

Louden echoed Zook’s thoughts.

“You’re never going to get grant money until you have a plan,” he told P&Z at the meeting.