Public has another chance for input

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

Enumclaw residents will have a second opportunity to help shape the city's future growth during a March 11 open house at the public library. The evening is designed to encourage citizens to drop in between 6 and 8:30 p.m.

At issue is a complete overhaul of Enumclaw's comprehensive plan, a document common to all Washington cities that dictates how growth, and all related issues, will be handled in the years to come. The comp plan revision to be completed by late 2004 will address Enumclaw's needs for the next 20 years.

The comprehensive plan is a wide-reaching document that sets direction for commercial, residential and industrial growth, transportation, housing and a variety of other topics. Les Johnson, who heads the city's Department of Community Development, said this is the public's prime opportunity to help set direction for the city.

The March 11 open house will be interactive, Johnson said, and will provide citizens the chance to tell city staff exactly what's important to them. This will be the second such meeting of the year, Johnson said, noting the first open house attracted about 70 visitors. This meeting has been advertised more, with a notice posted on the city's cable television station (ECTV) and flyers included in about 5,000 utility bills.

Johnson said two more open houses will be schedule in late spring or early summer.

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