Hudson council looking for residents with vision for city's future

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The city is seeking six residents to become members of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

Hudson relies on volunteer boards and commissions as part of the government process, according to city officials.

The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is formed once every 10 years to review the Comprehensive Plan for possible changes and make recommendations for updates to policies, strategies and implementation actions. The committee will work in conjunction with the Downtown Phase II Committee and consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates.

Council May 21 unanimously approved a $99,880 contract with Houseal Lavigne Associates of Chicago to prepare the plan, which will include Downtown Phase II, the development of land adjacent to First & Main, which was Phase I.

Houseal Lavigne Associates is a professional consulting firm specializing in all aspects of urban planning and community development.

To apply to be a member of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, please complete the online Boards and Commissions Application at www.hudson.oh.us and submit it by 4:30 p.m. July 3. Applicants must be Hudson residents for at least two years.

For questions regarding the application, contact Hudson Clerk of Council Elizabeth Slagle at 330-342-1795.

Although Council member Dan Williams supported expanding the existing Downtown Phase II committee, he said he would support the majority and create a new committee.

"I don't see any reason a member of the Downtown Phase II committee can't apply for this committee," said Council member David Basil.

Council President Hal DeSaussure agreed.

"It makes sense if someone did [apply] for collaboration," DeSaussure said.

The city's charter required an update to the Comprehensive Plan to be initiated in 2014. The Comprehensive Plan is done every 10 years to guide the city's long range plans, DeSaussure said. Those who apply should expect to work on the committee for about a year.

"The Comprehensive Plan is an important effort," said Mayor William Currin. "It's the heart and soul of our city."

In the first four or five months Houseal Lavigne will analyze existing conditions in the community through city studies, plans and reports; its zoning and development controls; demographic and marketing overview; existing land use and development; community facilities; transportation, mobility and connectivity; environment, recreation and open space. They will create a report and review it with the two ad hoc committees.

During a three-month period, the firm will create a community vision, goals and objectives and prepare a vision statement.

Toward the end of the year, the firm will look at community-wide plans and policies for the future.

And finally, the firm will present a document for staff and ad hoc committee review.

The city will have a community open house to answer questions.

Then the Planning Commission would review the final Comprehensive Plan with a public hearing before Council votes to approve it sometime in the spring of 2015.

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