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Bureau County residents’ input sought

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Bureau County residents have two more opportunities to take advantage of public meetings to discuss the county’s comprehensive plan and the future of Bureau County.

On Thursday, Bureau County Zoning Enforcement Office Kris Donarski said the first two public meetings, held earlier last week in Manlius and LaMoille, went very well, with a lot of good comments from citizens. The final two meetings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Buda Community Hall and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton. Citizens may attend either meeting, regardless of where they live, Donarski said.

The Bureau County Regional Planning Commission set up the four public meetings to get input from residents on issues and ideas concerning the development and future of Bureau County.

The public meetings will help identify the values of the county, look at the county’s strengths and weaknesses, identify issues and opportunities, and create a vision for the future, all from the public’s point of view, Donarski said. The meetings will be about 60-90 minutes in length.

Comments gathered from the public hearings will be used by the planning commission as it updates the county’s existing comprehensive plan, which was completed in the 1960s. Donarski said citizen participation is very important to the comprehensive planning process and will help the planning commission in defining goals and objectives to help shape the county’s future.

Once completed, the comprehensive plan will be presented to the Bureau County Board for review and final approval.

Serving on the Bureau County Regional Planning Commission are chairman Karen Schlenz of Spring Valley, Pat Wiggim of rural Wyanet, Joe Kunkel of rural Tiskilwa, Jon Pickering of Neponset, Jack Ackerman of Walnut, Sue Pratt of Arlington and Deb Madsen of Princeton.

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