Trails jog discussion during comp plan unveiling

Monday, January 14, 2013

Storm Lake's residents seemed excited about the plans that featured parks, trails and future land uses at the comprehensive plan open house held Wednesday night at King's Pointe.

Construction is set to begin sometime this summer to create the Lake Avenue pedestrian trail which leads from 10th St. to C49. As county and city representatives on the Buena Vista County Trails Advisory continue to work towards establishing drive trails and more bike trails, residents expressed interest in a full lake trail, county-wide trails system and scenic drive trail.

One year ago, diverse groups of Storm Lake residents attended meetings to give suggestions on subjects like housing, transportation, parks, trails, economic development, arts/culture and downtown. It was essential that the input compiled came from those who know Storm Lake the best, the residents themselves.

This open house featured ideas and concepts suggested by the community to give an idea of what the citizens would like the city of Storm Lake would like to look like within the next 20 years. Hoisington Koegler Group of Minneapolis, Minn. has worked to update the city plan and create detailed descriptions and illustrations to each possibilty. Guiding principles included preserving and enhancing Storm Lake's character, identity and image and strengthening neighborhood, community and regional connections.

Within half an hour into the open house, an estimated 80 citizens had attended to look everything over.

Although some residents expressed concern about expanding industrial maps, City Manager Jim Patrick offered reassurance homes would not be demolished to make way for industrial growth.

The next step for the comprehensive plan is city council's approval.

"After that, we need to prioritize and decide what comes first," Patrick said.

For anyone who was unable to make it to the open house, the comprehensive plan can be viewed and comments submitted at

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