After more than a year in preparation and planning, the city of Gering now has a new comprehensive plan unanimously approved by the city council Monday night.
City Engineer Annie Folck told council members about 420 responses were received as the plan was in development, and one of the items added was a goals and timeline section at the end of the document. “We did get all of this section as a stand-alone document that we’re going to use so we can annually go through all these and determine which ones we want to be our priority for the next year,” said Folck, “And start making sure we’re using this plan appropriately, and documenting when we complete some of these as well.”
Folck says about 70 percent of comments on the plan ended up having an impact on the final version of the new document.
Following on the heels of the comp plan approval, city staff has been working to update city zoning codes to better reflect the new planning document, and those are expected to go before the council in the coming months.