The City Council approved Envision Longmont, the City’s comprehensive plan update on June 28th with little fanfare. The land use sections of the document are reasonable and uncontroversial.
Envision Longmont sets a goal of “ten percent of homes built annually to be permanently affordable housing” but the roadmap for achieving this goal is to be determined. Some of the non-traditional goals included in Envision Longmont are unlikely to succeed (educate for all, health foods for everyone).
The Council had little choice but to approve the plan because it had already been blessed by the Planning & Zoning Commission and other City boards. Consultants are preparing an online page at which residents can track the City’s progress as it tackles the goals outlined in the plan. While Envision Longmont is a “visionary” document, the staff is already working on tangible projects such as a new zoning map for the City.