The City of Johnston has just released a clean draft of the 2040 comprehensive plan. This follows months of community engagement and planning disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The comprehensive plan serves several purposes, including the following:
- A guide for current and future land uses – a “road map,” if you will – that can inform citizens, landowners and developers about how certain land areas should be used and how different land uses should reasonably transition from one to another. For example, a simple goal would be to prevent incompatible uses to be next to each other, such as heavy industry and single-family homes. Another example is how land for housing would transition from lower density to higher density uses.
- A strategic economic development plan for the city to lay out the main goals, policies and implementation initiatives that will address issues such as housing, transportation, natural resource use, parks and recreation and of course, land use.
If you have participated in any of the engagement discussions, the future land use categories and the proposed land use for several focus areas will be very familiar. We strongly encourage members of the development community to go to the City’s Thrive 2040 engagement page. Download the draft report, review it and add your comments. There is a comment text box provided for every few chapters. Be sure to view the “open house boards” – particularly boards 3-5. If you are planning to develop anything in Johnston in the next 5-10 years, we encourage you to provide your input. Watch for additional updates regarding the 2040 comprehensive plan.