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Comprehensive plan meetings aim at approving new document

 

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Ironwood Mayor Kim Corcoran, right, speaks to a group of citizens at a meeting of the planning commission at the Memorial Building Wednesday.

IRONWOOD - Planning consultants for Ironwood's comprehensive plan revision held an open house at the Memorial Building Thursday afternoon.

The event highlighted ideas and concepts developed by consultants during the week. The plan is aimed to increase economic development by creating jobs, local businesses and housing.

The consultants are from the Minneapolis firm of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. The city has paid the firm $70,000 to assist in updating the plan, adopted in 1982.

The event also included a "postcard from the future" activity, where participants wrote on printed postcards to Ironwood in the year 2034.

A wrap-up meeting with the planning commission followed the event.

Community development director Michael Brown encourages citizen participation for Ironwood's comprehensive plan to succeed.

"We want the public to take ownership of this plan," said Brown.

A community survey is posted on the plan website, ironwoodcompplan.com. Hundreds of responses have already been received.

The consultants also visited Gordon Erickson's American government class at Luther L. Wright to receive input from students during the week.

Students completed the community survey and offered suggestions to assist in developing the city.

The consultants are writing a draft of the new plan.

"Our goal is to have the plan approved by the summer," said Brown.