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Bloomington City Council to Begin Deliberations Over Comprehensive Plan

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The Bloomington City Council will meet tonight in its first of several scheduled deliberations over the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

City Councilmember Steve Volan says the Comprehensive plan is a guiding document for the Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO, a legal statement of city policy.

The Comprehensive plan is the successor to what the city used to refer to as the ‘Growth Policy Plan.’ Volan said under the previous city’s previous Growth Policy Plan large-scale developments, like the square city-block Smallwood Apartment Complex and the Hilton Garden Inn, were allowed.

Volan says the council is setting aside separate times to review the city’s Comprehensive Plan, partly as a result of lawsuits filed against the city after rushing through previous Unified Development Ordinances that courts found to have violated relators’ rights.

Councilmember Volan, whose district includes most of downtown Bloomington, says he encourages members of the community to either come to the meetings, or at least pay attention to what’s going on.

Councilmember Susan Sandberg also encouraged city residents to pay attention to deliberations over the Comprehensive Plan. The city council will begin deliberations over the Comprehensive Plan tonight at 6:30 in Council Chambers at the Shower’s Building.

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