YORK – The city has a new comprehensive plan, which is a blueprint of sorts for the next decade or so.

The update of the comprehensive plan has been two years in the making and the council made the final draft official with a unanimous vote Thursday night during their regular meeting.

The most noticeable changes in this plan, compared to the past, included that it proposes the idea of multi-family living in the area of the interchange. This area has always been commercial in nature – the new comprehensive plan suggests that apartment living could enhance that area, especially for those who hold jobs in that location.

There is also the theory of extending the trail system throughout more parts of the city – especially to the east where the ball park complex, the schools and the aquatic center are located.

The housing activity on the eastern side of the city is recognized, as this has been ongoing and will likely continue into the future.

The corridor along the Highway 81 bypass is identified as a high potential area for business location in the future – for both industrial and general commercial purposes.

There is an entire section about potential for the downtown district and there are annexation priorities outlined for the area south of East Nobes Road.

And there are needs outlined that will likely come up in the future, such as improvements at city facilities such as the community center, the fire station and the auditorium.

“We have been through this a number of times and I want to thank everyone who worked on this and for all the comments made by residents,” said Mayor Barry Redfern.

Studies, surveys, residents’ comments, committee conversations and public hearings resulted in the 200-some page document.

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