Panel set to vote on Croman plan

The Planning Commission is scheduled Tuesday to vote on the Croman Mill Plan, signaling the end of a two-year process to create building guidelines for the city's largest plot of undeveloped land.

"It's the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of individuals," said Bill Molnar, the city's community development director. "Overall it's really an exciting plan."

Some commission members have repeatedly expressed disapproval of the plan, so it is unclear whether the commission will vote to recommend that the City Council adopt it into city policy.

At the 7 p.m. meeting in the City Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St., the commission will hear comments from community members and will discuss details of the plan.

The plan calls for rezoning the 70-acre south Ashland plot. The new policy would allow offices, shops, low-key manufacturing plants, condos and a park to be built on the privately owned property, located east of Tolman Creek Road.

It's possible the commission will run out of time to vote on the plan, in which case they will likely do so at their Feb. 9 meeting, Molnar said.

"This would allow them time if they need to deliberate," he said.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the plan at its March 2 meeting. Last February, the council expressed support for the plan and asked city staff members and the commission to continue fine tuning it, so that it could be adopted into official policy.

The city planning department is recommending that the commission approve the plan.

"The master planning efforts insure that the area will develop into a viable employment center, as well as in a manner which is consistent with the community's values and concerns," reads the department's staff report on the plan.

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