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HOBART | Establishing the city's 10-year comprehensive plan will take a community effort.

Input will be sought from residents, city officials, local businesses and other stakeholders as Hobart develops initiatives and policies for development in the city from 2015 to 2025, City Planner Sergio Mendoza told the Redevelopment Commission Monday.

"Our commission will be very involved in this," Redevelopment Commission member Sheila DeBonis said.

The new comprehensive plan currently consists of nine chapters focusing on a range of topics, including economic development, government services and preservation.

Denarie Kane, Hobart's director of development, suggested establishing another chapter devoted to Hobart's downtown Lakefront District.

Kane said a downtown plan was created two years ago. That plan would be helpful to create a Lakefront District chapter.

"I'm just thinking the downtown deserves some special treatment," Kane said.

Mendoza said commission members and other city officials could participate in several community meetings scheduled to gather input from Hobart residents.

Meeting dates and topics to be discussed are:

  • May 29: Visioning
  • June 2: Land Use
  • June 9: Parks and Recreation
  • June 16 Environment
  • June 23: Transportation
  • July 21: Findings

Each meeting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hobart Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road.

In addition to the meetings, surveys will be sent to residents, Mendoza said.

Final review of the comprehensive plan is scheduled to start in October, and approval of the plan would occur by the end of the year.

According to Hobart's website, the city's first comprehensive plan was completed in 1959. It was lasted updated in 2003.

Visit www.planhobart2025.org for information about Hobart's comprehensive plan project.

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