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Council OKs creation of Comprehensive Plan panel

Friday, August 28, 2009 by Austin Monitor

The city’s Comprehensive Plan took another step forward Thursday as City Council approved the creation of a Citizen’s Task Force.


The city has already received about 100 applications for the task force, which will consist of 21 to 29 city residents to be appointed by City Council at its September 24 meeting. Council’s Comprehensive Planning and Transportation Committee will recommend task force members to the whole Council.


The number of task force members was a point of contention, with some Council Members wanting a very large committee and others wanting a smaller group. Council Member Sheryl Cole, chair of the Comprehensive Planning and Transportation Committee, said she worked with Council Member Laura Morrison to reach a compromise.


According to the resolution, the task force will work with the city’s consultant, Wallace, Roberts and Todd, to ensure that the community is engaged in the planning process. Toward that end, it will have the power to appoint subcommittees that will address elements of the Comprehensive Plan.

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