Fullcomprehensive plan delayed

Published on Thu, Jan 5, 2006 by Meg Olson

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Full comprehensive plan delayed

By Meg Olson

The new Blaine comprehensive plan was due up for final approval in the new year, but instead city council will be asked to consider a minimum compliance update to keep the city in line with state growth management laws while the planning department catches up.

City manager Gary Tomsic said factors contributing to the delay included everything from staff health to dissatisfaction with consultants. “We kind of had to change horses mid-stream,” he said.

At the last regular city council meeting of 2005 Blaine development director Terry Galvin apologized for the delay. “Progress has effectively been stopped for two months,” he said December 12. He specifically cited multi-family housing in central Blaine, now halted by a temporary moratorium due to expire in January, as one area that will require immediate action. Grants to support building the city’s new wastewater plant are also counting on parts of the plan being updated. “This is a very critical time looking for funds and if we don’t have an updated plan we will be out of Growth Management Act compliance,” Galvin said.

At a quick mid-holiday meeting December 27 council members present approved the initiation of a the comprehensive plan docket, due to be on the agenda at January meetings for council review.