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City considers update to plan
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McMinnville city government is considering an update of its comprehensive plan, a document that establishes policies for the future development of the entire community over the next 20 years.

“Our current comprehensive plan expired last year,” said Community Development Department community planner Katie Kemezis, to members of the McMinnville Planning Commission. 

A comprehensive plan, with input from citizens and community leaders, aims to set forth policies for the future development of the community. It is based on evaluation of data such as land use maps and surveys, population studies, studies of the community’s economic base and community facilities, housing analyses, natural resource studies, and community surveys.

A comprehensive plan lays out a vision for future growth.

“This does seem like the perfect time for this update,” said Alderman Rachel Kirby. “We’ve had a lot of changes in the last 20 years.”

A timeline for the update estimates it will take two years, if the city hires a consultant to drive the project and do most of the work. 

“In reviewing recent update projects in comparable cities, Griggs and Maloney has estimated an update to our comprehensive plan would cost between $70,000 and $80,000 if we were to hire a consultant to lead the project,” said Kemezis. “The city currently has $35,000 in the budget of Community Development. That’s approximately half of what’s needed.” 

Kemezis presented the commission with steps to generating a new comprehensive plan – identifying issues, collecting data, setting goals, creating alternative policy scenarios, evaluating alternatives, adopting a plan, and implementing and monitoring a plan – and a list of the benefits for having an updated plan. 


• Identify the city’s vision for its future growth and development

• Serve as decision-making guide for the city’s board and administration

• Modify the city’s land use map, zoning classifications, and residential and commercial growth districts

• Revise the city’s zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and sign ordinances

• Establish future retail and economic development districts

• Serve as a guide for the prioritization and allocation for capital and operational resources related to development

McMinnville Planning Commission members accepted the information and tabled consideration until its July session to allow time for consideration.