Stillwater News Press

February 15, 2013

Stillwater seeks master plan feedback

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater officials and staff want your opinions Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

Public input meetings are scheduled at the Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. Eighth Ave., all three days.

City officials will present the city’s comprehensive master plan update from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

A master plan helps guide a city’s growth, Stillwater Development Services Director Paula Dennison said. The current plan was adopted in 2001.

A group of community leaders has helped city staff update the plan, which is known as “The C3 Plan: Comprehensive, Continuing and Cooperative.”

City officials will give an overview of the plan and seek public opinion at those meetings.

Mayor John Bartley said public feedback is vital.

“It updates our last comprehensive plan from around 2000. ... Stop and think how much has changed in the last 13 years. ... A new comprehensive plan that takes into account our new zoning and where things have grown and where we think things will continue to grow will be a wonderful tool,” Bartley said.

The citizens group and members of the city staff will take suggestions made at those meetings and tweak the master plan before it is presented to city councilors, Bartley said.

The mayor said he expects a comprehensive master plan presentation will be made to the City Council by April.

“I haven’t even gotten to see a sneak peek of it. So, I’m very excited to see what they have come up with,” Bartley said.

Stillwater hired Carl Walker, Inc. in September to conduct a parking study for downtown Stillwater, Campus Corner, Washington Street and the University Avenue area.

Company representatives performed field work, met with focus groups and held public meetings last fall.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, company representatives and city staff will hold another public meeting to help shape the final draft, which is expected to be presented to city councilors on March 18.

“The parking study is going to come back with ideas of what we can do to help with parking issues — not just downtown, not just around campus, but a citywide concept,” he said.

The master plan and parking study will be used as guidelines by the City Council and city staff, the mayor said.

“These are tools. They are not answers. They are tools to help guide us to what is best for Stillwater,” Bartley said.