Stillwater News Press

February 9, 2013

People to have their say during meetings in Stillwater

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — It’s time to start circling dates on your calendar or entering them into your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Here they are:

• Feb. 16, a chance for public input for an update to Stillwater’s Comprehensive Master Plan, 10 a.m. to noon, room 121 of the Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. Eighth Ave.

• Feb. 18, a second chance for public input for an update to Stillwater’s Comprehensive Master Plan, 6 to 8 p.m. Stillwater Community Center.

• Feb. 19, public input meeting for Stillwater’s parking plan. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in room 121 of the Stillwater Community Center.

Comprehensive Master Plan

Master plans help guide a city’s growth, Stillwater Development Services Director Paula Dennison said. The last plan was adopted in 2001 and many changes have occurred in and around Stillwater.

“... Developmental Services has been working with a group of community leaders who are developing proposed updates to the current plan, which looks forward to 2030,” Dennison said.

The revision, which will be known a “The C3 Plan: Comprehensive, Continuing and Cooperative,” will examine existing conditions and resources, anticipate growth and demands and create ways for decisions to remain consistent with the plan and community desires, she said.

The master plan will:

• Create a guide for the community based on past, present and future trends and needs.

• Establish areas to grow or shrink.

• Alert public and private entities about the city’s expectations.

• Reflect changing conditions in Stillwater.

Public input is critical to comprehensive master plans, Dennison said.

“We, at the city of Stillwater, value the public’s interest in our community and look forward to implementing this plan with your support and collaboration,” she said.

Stillwater Chamber President/CEO Lisa Navrkal said the comprehensive master plan provides a baseline for land use in the city.

“... It projects future land use and needs,” she said. “The review process needs input so the city and the mayor and city councilors have a realistic feel for where growth might occur and what land use needs could be.”

Parking study update

Stillwater launched a parking plan study for downtown Stillwater, Campus Corner and the University Avenue area in September. It contracted with Carl Walker, Inc., which will be paid approximately $60,000.

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

On Feb. 19, it will hold another public input meeting. Information gathered at this meeting will help shape the final draft which is expected to be presented to the City Council on March 18.