New comprehensive plan adopted for City of Wayland
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — In the shortest – and last – council meeting of 2013, the Wayland City Council adopted a new comprehensive plan for the city.
Travis Kraus, Regional Planner from Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC), brought the plan to the council meeting to present to the council members.
“For the most part, I think that what we heard was pretty consistent,” said Kraus. “People like living in Wayland and that is because it provides this small town lifestyle that they like to live in. People also recognize that in order for this type of lifestyle to be sustainable, you have to attract new residents, such as young families and that is especially relevant for school enrollment.
“Things like that help sustain the city and maintain the quality of life for future generations,” Kraus continued. “Essentially, this comprehensive plan provides some kind of support as you guys navigate through all of the things that you have to work on.”
The adopted plan spans for the next 10 years, and outlines a “vision for the future” and ideas to implement the plan to sustain population growth.
According to the comprehensive plan, Wayland has “plenty of room to grow without jeopardizing the small town lifestyle valued by the community. The rate and type of growth should be managed to the greatest extent possible to ensure development remains consistent with the community.”
Listed in the comprehensive plan are several goals for the city to work towards, such as sufficient and diverse housing options, in terms of quality and affordability, to meet the needs of existing and prospective residents; an appealing general appearance of residential areas; maximizing property taxes and enhancing the quality of life for current residents; development of Wayland’s neighborhoods to promote sustainable, livable and community-oriented principles; and a diverse economic base and diverse commercial activities to satisfy basic consumer needs for residents in Wayland.
The council also continued last meeting’s discussion of the possible purchase of the Methodist Church. During the previous council meeting, the possible purchase was discussed but no action was taken. It was again decided to wait before making any decisions on the property.
“Abstracts are done,” City Clerk Bev Conrad informed the council. “They did have someone else interested, but…”
“…That is why we are waiting,” finished Mayor Brad Roth. “If somebody else wants to buy it, then they can buy it. We can just wait and see what happens.”
The next city council meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.