PENDLETON — The Pendleton Town Council took the first steps toward approving the town’s new comprehensive plan Thursday evening.
Rachel Christenson, assistant planning director, presented the preliminary plan to the council, which acts as a roadmap for Pendleton’s future growth.
“This isn’t saying this is how the town will grow, or that this is where the growth will be, but it’s saying what we would like to see,” Christenson told the council members at their regular meeting.
The Pendleton Planning Commission was set to vote on whether to give a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the council at its meeting in February, setting up for the council to forward an initial vote Thursday. However, the commission did not have a quorum at their Feb. 14 meeting.
The main body of the plan revolves around the creation of a Future Land Use Map that outlines zoning restrictions and building material or layout restrictions for neighborhoods and businesses.
Much of the area to the town’s west is reserved for planned business agricultural and single-family residential building. Areas along Interstate 69 near the exit are also slated for planned business, and the downtown includes a multi-color quilt of residential, downtown business and planned unit development.
These land uses will be codified in the town’s zoning ordinance if the plan is approved by the Town Council.
Unlike previous comprehensive plans for Pendleton and other communities, it was produced in-house, to a savings of between $50,000 and $60,000, Christenson said.