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Posted: April 6, 2011 12:00 a.m.

Porterdale reviews comprehensive plan

Rendering courtesy of the Fanning Institute/

Looking forward: The Comprehensive Plan includes renderings of potential new projects, such as this storefront that backs up to the proposed park.

The Porterdale City Council approved the Comprehensive City Plan Monday night to be sent to the Department of Community Affairs for review.

The presentation, assembled by the Fanning Institute, addressed development of the city and highlighted the strategy for development.

The plan details several key "Character Areas" around the city, including the Historic Town Center, Yellow River, Historic Mill and the other commercial and residential areas.

The plan also details what needs to be done for other "community issues and opportunities," which includes addressing housing blight and the construction of future businesses and residences to match existing aesthetics of the town.

"We want to maintain the character of an 1800s mill village," Langford Holbrook of the Fanning Institute told the council on Monday.

The plan needs to be approved by the Department of Community Affairs so Porterdale can regain its ‘qualified local government' status, which would allow the city to apply for state assistance and other programs.

The plan presented is not binding and should generally just serve as a guide, Holbrook told the council.
The council voted to send the proposal to the Department of Community Affairs. Holbrook said the city should expect to know if the plan has been approved within a few weeks, at which point the council can adopt the plan.

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