January 1, 2009

Revised county Comprehensive Plan comes together

"I love it when a plan comes together." George Peppard, playing his role of Hannibal Smith, often recited that line in the 1980s TV show "The A-Team" just as an elaborate plan to catch a bad guy unfolded.

The revision of the Oliver County Comprehensive Plan has now "come together." At a meeting Dec. 18, the Oliver County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the new plan, ending a process they began Oct. 30 and continued through December.

Before the revised plan will be official, the next step will be to present it to the Oliver County Commission for final approval.

In addition to the Planning and Zoning members, the Oliver County Board of Commissioners, John Wicklund, Land Use Administrator, and concerned citizens offered input on the revision.

The old plan, encompassing 48 pages plus maps is dated 1976. County commissioners charged the Planning and Zoning commissioners with revising and updating it. Oliver County State’s Attorney Mike Liffrig drafted the final version.

"I combined the land use parts, cut down the categories and eliminated the references to limiting growth," Liffrig said. "We want to go in the other direction now."

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