Busti Residents Give Input On Draft Comprehensive Plan

BUSTI – About 50 people gave their input in what direction they would like to see Busti heading in the future.

On Tuesday, a public meeting on the town’s comprehensive plan was held at the Busti Church of God, 996 Forest Ave., Jamestown. Those in attendance were offered a chance to comment on a draft vision, as well as the proposed goals and strategies for achieving that vision. Town residents were asked to rank goals and vision items under categories like landuse, infrastructure, natural resources, quality of life and economic.

Some of the goals and visions the town residents commented on included improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, housing needs and shared services between the town and other municipalities. The public meetings are part of the process of developing the town’s comprehensive plan. Don McCord, Small Town Planning Services owner and county planning and economic development senior planner, was hired to be a consultant on the town’s comprehensive plan.

”It is a statement of community goals. What do you want to do and how do you want to get there,” McCord said about what a comprehensive plan is.

McCord listed a few reasons why town officials are doing a comprehensive plan.

”To promote regional cooperation. The town of Busti is not an island,” McCord said is one reason the town is doing the plan.

The comprehensive plan has been worked on for almost two years. After a steering committee was established, residents were surveyed on various issues. Focus groups met, public open houses were held and a community profile was developed. The steering committee, and consultants, used this input to establish a vision for Busti’s future to identify critical issues and opportunities and key community values. Then they developed sets of goals and strategies to address topics ranging from economic development to natural resources.

Busti last completed a comprehensive planning effort in 1970, and a new plan will address the needs of the community moving forward. Todd Hanson, Busti councilman and Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee chairman, said earlier this month the committee will now finalize the plan’s goals and objectives, and then present the complete document to the public. Hanson said the comprehensive plan then will be re-examined every year to make sure it stays up-to-date.