Note: This Press Release was sent out by Otis Spriggs as an attachment so there is no link to it.  I pasted it here so there would be a link to it.

 

 Quote from below:

"The meetings, which will all start at 6 pm in the city council chambers at the Huntington

Building, are as follows: [Huntinton Bldg is at 900 W. Monroe, Jonesboro]

 

January 14th: Transportation / Environment / Technology

January 22nd: Physical Development / Public Health / Education

January 28th: Housing & Neighborhood Development / Public Safety / Parks & Open

Space / Economic Development"

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2013

 

Public Comments Sought On Jonesboro’s Future

 

Jonesboro, AR – Members of Mayor Harold Perrin’s administration will join with

members of the Jonesboro Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission (CPAC) in a

series of January meetings to field public comments regarding the Jonesboro Vision 2030

plan.

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 is a working document, currently being drafted by the

commission, for presentation to the mayor and city council that addresses goals,

objectives, priorities and processes intended to help Jonesboro grow responsibly over the

next 20 years. Launched in 2010, the plan is in its final stages of edit and consideration.

“The public has been a part of this process all along,” planning director Otis Spriggs said.

 

“The commission is made up of some 50 private citizens, who joined the mayor’s

administration and other planning consultants in driving the process thus far. In addition,

a series of public participation meetings were held throughout the city by different subcommitteess

eeking the public’s ideas and input. This is another step in that process;

where the public has an opportunity to share additional ideas after seeing the early stages

of the draft.”

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 Co-Chair Gary Harpole says it’s important for people to

understand the process and take an active part. “This, like any planning document, is a

living, breathing document. Once it’s completed, it will allow us to assess where we

currently stand as a community; infrastructure, parks, housing, economically, etc., and

compare that with where we realistically think we can be in 20 years. Then we use that

information to help guide current and future administrations, planners, councils and

commissions as they work with the private sector and other state and federal agencies to

help us become the city we want to become.

 

“We want to make sure we’ve evaluated the plan from every angle. There’s still work to

be done before its finalized, but every journey starts with that first step. We are moving

toward delivering that first step to the mayor and council,” Harpole said. “We haven’t

stopped growing, and everyday we operate outside the parameters of a working

comprehensive plan, we run the risk of making decisions that can have a domino-type

impact on future growth and development.”

 

Spriggs said the format of the meeting will be one of brief overview with most of the

time committed to public input. “The document as it stands is very lengthy, and we want

to take a little time at each meeting to give an executive summary of the process for

various sections. We think that is critical in case some people just don’t have time to

read the document in its entirety.” The full Jonesboro Vision 2030 draft is available for

public viewing at the city’s website; www.jonesboro.org

 

“We will focus on 3 or 4 sections per night, give a summary of those sections, then open

it up for the public,” Spriggs said.

The meetings, which will all start at 6 pm in the city council chambers at the Huntington

Building, are as follows:

 

January 14th: Transportation / Environment / Technology

January 22nd: Physical Development / Public Health / Education

January 28th: Housing & Neighborhood Development / Public Safety / Parks & Open

Space / Economic Development

 

Spriggs said that each member of the public that wants to share ideas or thoughts need to

do nothing but show up. “There’s no pre-registration. We have asked those that have

inquired to be prepared to speak for up to five minutes; but we are also encouraging

citizens who have more input than they can share within those five minutes to submit

written comments of whatever length and detail they choose,” Spriggs added. “We want

the commission to have an opportunity to review any input a citizen has, so we don’t

want the obvious time restrictions of these meetings to hamper their ability to share.”

 

For more information, please contact: Otis Spriggs

Jonesboro City Planner

870-932-0406