• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Hearing set for final draft of county comprehensive plan

Updated: Aug 10

MOUND CITY – More than a year after the first public meetings were held and as much as two years since the decision was made to upgrade it, the final draft of the Linn County Comprehensive Plan is available for the public to see.

Two documents were posted on Linn County’s home page.

The first document is the 87-page final draft of the plan: https://www.linncountyks.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2042-Linn-County-Comprehensive-Plan-Final-Draft_v2.pdf

The second is the 35-page index to the plan’s content: https://www.linncountyks.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Appendix.pdf

Both are pdf files, and they are able to be downloaded.

The Linn County Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing on the final draft of the plan for 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Linn County Courthouse Annex at 306 Main Street. The commission will accept written comments and will hear oral comments during that meeting.

Jennifer Reinhardt with the Kansas City office of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), developed the final plan with considerable input from a specially appointed Comprehensive Plan Committee comprised of residents and business owners as well as county employees.

Those employees included Jessica Hightower, director for the county’s Economic Development Department, Public Works Administrator Shaun West, Pam Cannon of the mapping department, and former planning director Bobby Young.

The process began last year with open community meetings at Jayhawk-Linn, Pleasanton, and Prairie View high schools. The comprehensive plan committee continued to meet and work on the plan over the fall and winter months with an open house held at the fairgrounds at Mound City in March.

Still to be completed is an update on zoning regulations for the planning commission. The Linn County Commission earlier this month approved finding help for the county planners with updating that document.

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