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City finishes comprehensive plan changes

August 14, 2012
Steve Schulwitz - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - The City of Alpena Planning Commission has completed its assessment of the city's comprehensive plan and made some slight alterations to it. Now the citizens of the area will be able to express their thoughts and concerns about what it should contain.

During Tuesday's planning commission meeting, Interim City Manager Greg Sundin gave the commission a preview of what the Public Input Survey contains. The questionnaire asks people questions regarding shopping habits, economical development, land use and parks. Sundin said the survey isn't available to the public yet, but once it is, people are urged to take part. The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments will compile the answers submitted to see if more changes to the comprehensive plan are needed.

"We have been talking to the planning commission for the last several months about goals and objectives, but we want to get the citizens' input as well," Sundin said. "It will be eventually on the city's web page. We will make an announcement and work with the media to inform people how they can access it. At this point in time, I can't give you a date when that will take place, though."

Sundin said the survey can be taken by those who live outside the city, because many of those people visit the city, or conduct business in it.

"The input from people living outside of the city can be just as important as those who live in it," Sundin said. "They can share their thoughts on how they view the city and what do they see and feel needs to be done. They can help to tell us things like what we should do with our parks, or what kind of economical development we might need. What goes on in the city impacts many more than just the 10,000 plus who live in it."

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