City’s Planning Commission reviews comprehensive plan

By Patrick Fisher

The New Prague Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the updated Comprehensive Plan at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Changes had been made to the plan at a workshop on January 19 and the commission was reviewing the changes before a continuation of the public hearing to be held tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.

Major changes to the plan include taking some land on the east side of the city out of the development plan and designating 70 acres of land along Highway 19 on the west side of the city for commercial use.

Kay Wilcox, New Prague City Council representative, said she was against the commercial land, stating that the current layout gives the city more commercial land than it needs. Also, the city’s traffic engineer said the commercial land is in an area that’s already overused.

Fellow council representative Jim Kratochvil said that once the area was zoned completely for residential and housing starts going up then it would be lost for commercial use. If there was no interest for commercial use then the city could change it back to residential.

Grant Gengel, commission chair, who was absent from the workshop, said he agreed with Wilcox. He asked New Prague City Administrator Jerry Bohnsack for any input about the changes to the comprehensive plan.

This whole process is for the long term benefit of New Prague

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