Stillwater News Press

February 18, 2013

Proposed master plan goes to Planning and Zoning Commission next

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater city planners will incorporate comments, suggestions and answers to questions posed by residents at two public input meetings into the city’s proposed comprehensive master plan, Department of Development Services Director Paula Dennison said Monday.

City planners held feedback sessions Saturday morning and Monday night at the Stillwater Community Center. Both sessions were well-attended.

A copy of the proposed comprehensive plan can be found at Click on “Document Center” and then click on “Master Plans.”  It is the link titled “C3 Plan: Comprehensive Plan: 2030.”

Dennison said she was pleased with the turnout, which revealed how important controlled growth and the quality of life is to Stillwater residents.

City staff will amend the C3 Comprehensive Plan in the next few weeks. It will be presented to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on March 5.  If the commission approves the plan, it will be presented to the City Council at its April 1 meeting.

State law requires cities to develop and maintain a comprehensive master plan. Stillwater’s master plan was last updated in 2001.

The proposed master plan will be updated at least every five years, Dennison said. Parts may need to be updated more frequently.

A comprehensive master plan creates a vision for the community while city ordinances, planning and zoning law and transportation, parks and recreation, utility and other plans turn that vision into a reality, Dennison said.

It looks at a variety of areas, including land use, transportation, parks and recreation, environmental planning, renovation and reuse of historic structures and water, wastewater and roads.

City development services staff use the comprehensive master plan daily to guide growth, she said. When a project is ready for the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, the staff notes if it follows master plan guidelines or fails to meet them.

Stillwater resident Denise Webber attended Monday’s meeting. The Stillwater Medical Center vice president of administrative services said the master plan creates a good vision for development.

“I remember the comprehensive plan of 2001 and wanted to see the committee’s input for ideas and suggestions about the future of Stillwater,” she said. “I like that the city is always wanting to look to the future and have a vision.”

She wanted to make sure the city maintained its flexible outlook on land use.

The city’s desire to review the plan at least every five years will help maintain that flexibility, she said.