Granite Shoals fine-tunes city comprehensive plan

GRANITE SHOALS — From improving parks to preparing for growth, city leaders have drafted a blueprint for Granite Shoal’s future, emphasizing land use, transportation, housing and recreational spaces. The City Council fine-tuned the City of Granite Shoals 2010 Comprehensive Plan recently. Organizations including the Planning and Zoning Commission expect to use the document as a guide when determining the city’s development and infrastructure needs.

Future goals include improving the look and function of the city, Mayor Frank Reilly said, as well as a wastewater plant.

“The key to attracting new business is building a new wastewater plant,” he said. “Until that happens, we won’t be able to attract much in the business sector.”

Other categories include subdivision rules, citywide drainage and parks. The park system is addressed in the Parks & Open Space Plan chapter.

“The plan calls for linking the park system with trails,” Reilly added.

Beautifying and enhancing the residential and business quality of the city includes entryway signs to citywide cleanup efforts, all of which are addressed in the Future Land Use Plan and Housing Strategies chapters.

“Another step is handling substandard buildings and structures,” Reilly said. “We already have the authority … to condemn homes that are uninhabitable. It’s going to be a matter of budgeting.”

The plan also calls for determining future uses for the city’s 131-acre tract at RR 1431 and Phillips Ranch Road. The city’s newly purchased municipal building, which is located on the property, is undergoing renovations.

Along with the city’s planned wastewater system, the comprehensive plan calls for a regional sports complex, Reilly said.

“All of this will take time and a lot of money, but we’ll do our best to leverage our funds with grant opportunities,” Reilly said.

To read or copy the comprehensive plan, go to www.graniteshoals.org/plan.

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