Quincy Plan Commission reviews draft of Quincy Comprehensive Plan

Posted: Jan. 8, 2013 10:19 pm Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

A Quincy Comprehensive Plan that would replace the 1986 plan drew only one comment during a public hearing held in conjunction with Tuesday's Quincy Plan Commission meeting.

Cullen Duke of the Friends of the Trails thanked the Department of Planning and Development for adding the Cedar Creek Linear Park and a network of other trails for walking and biking to the draft comprehensive plan.

The plan, which is designed to guide Quincy's future land uses, is scheduled to come up for a recommendation by the Plan Commission in February. It would then be sent to the Quincy City Council for approval or denial.

"It's a guiding tool. It's an important policy document for both the Plan Commission and the City Council to help guide them in planning decisions on land use," Director of Planning and Development Chuck Bevelheimer said.

"After all the public input has been put in, it generates a product that should be useful in guiding ... future land use decisions."

The comprehensive plan, if approved, would join the city's 1995 Downtown Revitalization Plan, and the 1997 Broadway Corridor Plan as the city's official land use plan. An accompanying map shows existing zoning and tells what future land uses were favored or unacceptable to particular neighborhoods.

Neighborhood meetings that helped produce the draft plan started in 2000 and were completed in 2008. The city was divided into 12 neighborhoods and hearings were held to learn what priorities were important in different parts of the city.

Community Development Planner Tom Fentem said neighborhoods had a variety of concerns or priorities.

"The closer in neighborhoods where there was lower property values often talked about bad sidewalks or streets. The outer districts where there were generally higher property values had a greater level of satisfaction" with infrastructure but supported the preservation of farm land over development, Fentem said.

Several neighborhoods called for the preservation of single-family residential properties over the creation of multi-family residential encroachment.

Bevelheimer said a community profile is included in the draft plan with lots of census and housing data. Some data sets are still being sought from Census 2010 for inclusion in the document.

In other action, the Plan Commission:

º Voted to endorse a special permit that would allow Jeffrey Stone to build a paint stall near Collision Solutions at 300 Front St. A 12-month deadline for construction of the paint stall and a lean-to roof over another part of the operation were added.

º Supported plans by Scott Koontz to change zoning of property at 4329 State to multi-family residential uses from single-family residential zoning.

º Endorsed the combining of three subdivided parcels to allow for a larger lot at 213 N. 48th. Americare Inc. plans to build a senior care center at the site.

º Received notice from the Quincy Preservation Commission about Local Landmark status being sought for the William B. and Mary Bull House at 222 S. 16th St., the Dickhut/Fawcett/Gates House at 1661 Jersey St. and the residence at 1840 Jersey St.