After a prolonged discussion, the City Council decided not to embark upon a full revision to the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan in 2012. The Comp Plan guides the City’s long-term growth and land use philosophies.
The decision was based on two factors. First, the cost of hiring a consultant for the effort would cost $150,000 to $200,000. In addition, as staff pointed out, it would make more sense to complete the St. Vrain River Corridor Study and the plan for the proposed rail park first. Instead the Council agreed to keep the current practice of amending the plan as needed.
Staff was directed to return in early 2012 so the Council could revisit the issue. At this point the tentative goal is to complete a full update in 2013. Sarah Levison dissented, arguing the plan should be updated now but she was unable to get support for her position.