The Mason Planning Commission is discussing changes in the city’s Master Plan that could affect planning, zoning, and safer places for pedestrians to walk throughout the community.
The Master Plan, which is reviewed every five years, is used to plan out the community’s future. With the help of the Zoning Administrator, volunteers work to figure out a 10-year strategy for how they vision certain areas.
Some components of the plan include land use and transportation issues: making sure cars are able to get around town as well as creating lighter traffic for pedestrian safety.
One of the bigger issues that will be addressed in the Master Plan is the quality of life for the city’s aging population.
“The Baby Boomers are starting to hit 65,” said commission member Chris Burns. “And we’re trying to figure out how do we make life prepared for all the baby boomers that are now going to live a whole different lifestyle.”
The plan will seek to acquire more open land (parks, walkways) that older residents can enjoy. In fact, the city built the Riverwalk primarily for older residents, and is considering building more single-story buildings.
Administrators are also looking to buy a greenspace, an abandoned area of land that will cost $1 if the city can prove they can take care of it for at least six years.
Another issue that will be discussed in the Master Plan is constructing taller buildings. One of the main concerns is making sure tall buildings don’t block the view of historic landmarks like the courthouse.
The Master Plan will take about a year and a half to complete. Community members can get involved during September at the Planning Commission meetings located in the Municipal Building.
Click here to see the Master Plan from 2004.