I had lunch yesterday with Scott Ogilvie, City of St. Louis Alderman for Ward 24, which abuts Maplewood’s eastern boundary. We met at Michaels to discuss how our two cities can work together to improve the Manchester Road corridor and extend our business district to McCausland Avenue. We spoke with several businesses in the area, looked at properties that could be improved and talked about how the area could be best used. There was also discussion of signage at the city limits and other topics.
These are the types of issues that are dealt with in a city comprehensive plan with input from citizens, business and other interested parties. These opportunities for discussion are vital in creating a blueprint for the future of our community. Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development. The outcome of comprehensive planning is the Comprehensive Plan, which dictates public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation and housing.
Besides the interaction, discussion and analysis intrinsic in the process, there are sound legal reasons to produce an updated document. It will also allow our Planning and Zoning Commission to be more proactive than their traditional reviewing role. It will also require participation by Parks and Recreation, among others. I look forward to the process and results, and an updated comprehensive plan for the city of Maplewood will be a priority of mine if I am elected mayor.
Editor: Barry Greenberg is running against Patrick Jugo for mayor of Maplewood in the municipal election on April 4. Both will take part in a League of Women Voters-sponsored candidates forum on March 7. Patrick Jugo is welcome to contribute posts to 40 South News also.