Huntington's Future Anticipates Population Growth

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Huntington's Future Anticipates Population Growth

Toss out future speaking words… a vision, plan, and progress. They come down to what do we want (in Huntington), how do we get there, and how do we put pieces together.

Attendees at the weekly Chat ‘n’ Chew listened attentively as Breanna Shell, planner, discussed the draft Plan 2025: The Future of Huntington. A special call planning commission meeting Monday, Nov. 18 will review revisions at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Huntington City Hall.

Ms. Shell stressed the plan is a “work in progress” as it begins in neighborhood and sparks development with citywide impact. She explsained that Huntington has past the period of losing population. It is now at a turning point for growth, she said.  The plan extends past those that only preserved and protected what is here.

The plan lays out, for example,  mixed use neighborhood areas, block zoning, housing planning. It also seeks to proactively prioritize timeframes for future growth and development.

Several Chat ‘n’ Chew attendees asked, for example, planned use of board of education properties scheduled for consolidation. Anticipation flowed for the 14th Street West take a walk around a mixed use neighborhood concept.

Although a select one item for which you are passionate suggestion resounded, another question illustrated a potential “civics lesson” need for informing who is responsible for what service in city and county government.

DRAFT PLAN: http://www.cityofhuntington.com/Plan2025/index.html

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