County growth plan to be studied. In a joint session this week, the Cass County Board of Commissioners and the county planning commission discussed the need to prepare for organized growth as the county evolves.
The Cassgram reports with the Highway 75 and I-80 corridors poised for economic development in the years ahead, Mike Jensen, the county zoning administrator, said the general consensus of the board and commission members is to begin looking at “refreshing” the comprehensive plan.
The current comprehensive plan was adopted in 1999 and most of the data input for that was collected in 1997 and 1998.
With the highway and interstate road improvements in Cass County, Jensen foresees the Bay Road/Highway 75 interchange and the Greenwood I-80 interchange as the two areas that are first likely to see “exciting growth.” Devising the right strategy now can help county officials take advantage of economic development opportunities as they present themselves but can also help preserve “the character of the county,” he said.
The update is likely to be a lengthy process spanning a year to two. One of the first steps is determining “the most economical way of orchestrating (the update),” said Jensen.
The planning commission will do much of the groundwork and then present the county board with its findings for final decisions.