New comprehensive plan set for Jenks

New comprehensive plan set for Jenks

Tuesday, at the Jenks City Council meeting, a new comprehensive plan was presented and approved.

The Horizon Jenks Plan is a new comprehensive plan to help the city of Jenks move forward into the future.

The process to develop this new comprehensive plan began in May of 2019. The City of Jenks hired consulting firm Houseal Lavigne Associates to help throughout the process of the plan development.

Houseal Lavigne and the City of Jenks partnered to put on numerous workshops since May of 2019 where citizens of Jenks could come and voice what they want to see happen in their city to help create a vision for Jenks for the next 20 years.

On top of the workshops, there were other community outreach opportunities, such as an elected and appointed official roundtable discussion, staff workshops, business workshops, key person interviews, focus groups, a meeting with the Advisory Committee, as well as online questionnaires.

There were hundreds of participants, who offered their ideas, discussed their concerns, and relayed their vision for the future of the community.

The Horizon Jenks comprehensive plan addresses the following:

-Land use and development

-Commercial areas

-Transportation and mobility

-Parks, open space, and environmental features

-Agricultural and cultural facilities

-Housing and neighborhoods

-Economic development framework

-Community facilities and utilities

-Implementation strategies

Going into the creation of the new comprehensive plan, the City of Jenks wanted all of stakeholders in Jenks to have an input and be involved, such as residents, businesses, and workers.

A Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of citizens was created early in the process. The CAC was given documents in advance of the public and they provided guidance and comments for the consultant and staff.

According to city officials, the Horizon Jenks comprehensive plan will serve as a guide for future development within the City of Jenks.

Oklahoma Statutes Citationized; Title 11. Cities and Towns; Chapter 1 – Oklahoma Municipal Code; Article; Article XLIII-Buildings and Zoning; Section 43-103 – Purpose of Regulations – Comprehensive Plan Municipal regulations as to buildings, structures and land shall be made in accordance with a comprehensive plan and be designed to accomplish any of the following objectives:

1. To lessen congestion in the streets

2. To secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers

3. To promote health and the general welfare, including the peace and quality of life of the district

4. To provide adequate light and air

5. To prevent the overcrowding of land

6. To promote historical preservation

7. To avoid undue concentration of population; or

8. To facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements. The regulations shall be made with reasonable consideration, among other things, as to the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses, and with a view to conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the municipality. The governing body shall provide the manner, which regulations, restrictions and district boundaries shall be determined, established, and enforced, and amended, supplemented, or changed.

Kyle Salomon

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