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Residents should weigh in on LUTP plan

The next two decades of Jamestown’s development are being plotted in the city’s new Land Use and Transportation Plan. Residents should weigh in on how the plan is created.

The LUTP serves as a guide for road construction, zoning, annexation and other decisions that our elected leaders will face in the future. While the plans made during this process are not carved in stone, they will provide direction for how we want our community to develop.

This plan also helps set our community priorities. The LUTP should reflect how the community values things like sidewalks in residential neighborhoods and bike paths leading to parks and other attractions.

From a transportation standpoint, the LUTP will deal with the bottlenecks that now exist. Jamestown residents traveling from north to south or south to north all are funneled onto Mill Hill. A transportation plan that includes multiple ways to get across our community could make travel easier and safer.

Other transportation concerns include adding a second railroad overpass and making the exits off of Interstate 94 safer.

All of these changes are expensive, and the LUTP will help establish priorities for what is most important in our community. Input will continue through April with the final plan presented in August or September.

People wishing to provide input for the LUTP have a couple of options for doing so. Residents can provide input at the website jamestown. The online survey allows residents to rank the community’s strengths and weaknesses and give input on future changes.

People can also attend input sessions which are scheduled during the last week of February, March and April in Jamestown. The next workshops involve planning for the downtown area and are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the lower level conference room at City Hall. A presentation of the input of the sessions is planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, also in the lower level conference room.

Jamestown’s poised for more growth, with the planned Menards project and businesses in the nearby Spiritwood Energy Park Association development. It’s important for residents to give input on how the city’s future development should be directed, so it not only gives direction for the immediate future, but also later as the development grows.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)