by Ken Lahmers


Aurora -- With the master plan review commission's duties winding down, its members are calling on the public to provide input.

At the panel's June 12 meeting, members invited residents to give their views. Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said a survey might be set up on the city's Web site.

It was recommended each commission member develop 10 questions for the survey which could be circulated to residents prior to the final draft of the plan being completed. Master plan consultant Charles Frederick said the results would be part of the final document.

Frederick said the first draft of the new plan will be given to the panel prior to its July 24 meeting. Its final meeting will be Aug. 28. the final draft should go to the planning commission in October, and later to City Council.

At the master plan commission's June 26 meeting, city officials were to give a power-point presentation of the major recommendations, and the panel would review the facts, statistics, land uses, zoning and population estimates.

At the June 12 session, Frederick distributed a draft outline and basic organization for the master plan document. Major points of the 2002 master plan and issues previously discussed in the last four months will be included in the update plan.

Frederick said the master plan will contain several maps, including a land use map that addresses zoning. He said the document should contain the wishes of the commission in a concise, comprehensive way.

Frederick said the new document will contain an appendix and thorough documentation, which will be helpful when the master plan is reviewed five years from now.

MEMBER Gordon Ober suggested the final executive summary should include the basic recommendations of the commission, along with what needs to be accomplished and what the panel recommends to reach the goals.

Frederick said if the master plan document is to be understood and used effectively, it must be continuously updated and referred to as much as possible.

He added it will contain numerous graphics and maps, and it will be critical for planing-zoning officials to keep information up to date.

After member Jane Pennock suggested a maintenance code is needed in Town Center, discussion turned to upkeep of historic properties.

Planing-Zoning-Building Director Richard Wehrenberg said it is difficult for some property owners to keep up maintenance of historic structures because of the dollars needed.

Member Rita Scott said she believes the central historic district should be designated a T-1 transitional district such as properties on East Garfield Road. She said in some cases commercial dollars are needed to preserve historic properties.

It was the consensus of the commission that a statement regarding the central historic district needs to be part of the master plan.

The members also stress-ed the importance of keeping city offices, library, schools, cultural, civic and recreational entities in the center of town.

Members also agreed any future community center should be located in that central area and the city should work with the schools schools to determine the location.


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