Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The City of Kimball's Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Kimball Church of Christ, 241 Highway 55 West. The Steering Committee has been working with a team of consultants since fall 2007 to prepare Kimball's first comprehensive plan, which will provide the community with a guide for growth and development over the coming years. The upcoming community meeting will focus on the land use plan, which is the fundamental element of the comprehensive plan. Says Bill Smith, the Biko Associates consultant team leader, "The Steering Committee has nearly completed the first step in the comprehensive planning process: that of identifying a land use vision and making decisions on the types, sizes, and locations of future land use." The May 8 community meeting is being held to show the community the work the committee has completed to-date and get input on alternative land use visions. Once the community has reached consensus on the land use plan, the second step in the process can begin. The second step involves the development of policies, programs and activities to make the land use vision a reality. The Steering Committee extends an invitation to attend the meeting to all residents of Kimball and the surrounding townships. The plans that will be presented at the May 8 community meeting are not final. Input from community members is needed before any final plans will be presented to the City of Kimball Council. The following individuals have volunteered their time to serve on the Steering Committee: Erin Gutwasser, co-chair; Keith Markwardt, co-chair; Pastor Vern Harris; Mary Johnson; Tammy Konz; Eric Loewen; Jean Doran Matua; Steve Maus; Kris O'Brien; Dianne Robinson; Sandy Steinmetz; Cindy Stelten; Jim Unterberger; and Leo Wirth.