Two more chances for community planning

Folks who just can't get enough community planning will get two more chances to fill up on it March 27 and April 3 as Columbus invites residents back to wrap-up sessions on its comprehensive plan.

Each session will be 6-8:30 p.m. at Columbus State University's Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center on East Lindsay Drive.

These sessions will sum up the results of six "Visioning Workshops" held around the city in January and February, and ask people to propose solutions to the challenges Columbus will face over the next 20 years. More than 300 residents attended the visioning workshops.

Rick Jones, the city's planning director, said the primary topics of discussion will be the impact of anticipated population growth, transportation needs and in-town revitalization. In the second session, participants will be given a symbolic sum of money representing public funds and asked how they would spend it, he said.

Called the "2028 Comprehensive Plan Update," this plan is supposed to serve as a guide for city leaders as they make decisions on land use and development in the decades to come.

Residents have until Saturday to fill out the city's "Community Visioning Survey," available online at www.jjg.com/CCGPlan.