City of Ashland hosts facilities master plan open house

The City of Ashland is developing a master plan to evaluate city-owned facilities and properties to determine if they meet the needs for future staffing and growth.

In November of 2007, the mayor and city council appointed a five-member ad hoc committee to work with city staff and the consulting firm of Ogden Roemer Wilkerson to develop a Facilities Master Plan.

The City owns more than 80 pieces of property, and 36 of those are not specifically designated for parks or parks open space. The majority of the properties are actively in use. Through the efforts of the Facilities Master Plan Committee, these properties will be evaluated for their best use and function and the committee will determine if they meet the needs for future staffing and growth for the next 10 and 20 years.

It has become apparent that some of the facilities are already overcrowded and will not meet the needs for future use over the next several years. A draft plan to address these issues has been developed and the committee is now seeking input from citizens.

The Facilities Master Plan Committee is hosting open houses. Citizens are invited to comment on the draft plan and tour City Hall on Thursday, May 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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