About Horace 2045
Horace is a Comprehensive and Transportation Plan designed to update the City’s existing comprehensive plan which was adopted in 2007 and its planning horizon was 2028. Comprehensive plans are intended to present a long-range vision for the future and the steps to accomplish that vision Including a policy framework from which the zoning ordinance, site and subdivision regulations, capital improvements plan, and a city’s annual budget are guided. These plans also support elected officials and appointed board members to evaluate development applications, amend ordinances, and plan future expenditures. Together, a comprehensive plan and related implementation tools ensure future decision-making regarding development that is consistent with a community’s vision. Most plans address a 10 to 20-year period after plan adoption. Ultimately, a comprehensive plan’s relevance will be measured by its use during everyday decision-making.
WHY UPDATE THE CURRENT PLAN?
The City’s previous comprehensive plan is now over 10 years old; so much has happened since then. While many of the current plan’s elements are valid today, the plan did not anticipate many of factors that are driving the development of Horace now including the proposed middle school and high school, the proposed I-29 interchange, the Fargo- Moorhead Area Diversion project, the increased concern about the compatibility of proposed development with the City’s existing neighborhoods, the impact of on-line shopping on retail space and the slow recovery from the nation’s 2008 economic recession. Now is the time to revisit the City’s vision and prepare for the anticipated growth.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
Over the course of the project, several techniques will be used to reach a broad cross-section of the community and spread the word about the project. Each will emphasize the importance of having a voice in shaping the City’s future. A project website Horace 2045.com is live and will be updated regularly to reflect project progress. Links to three community surveys are available through the website. One addresses citywide issues and concepts, another provides participants with the opportunity to weigh in with their preferences for various types of residential development and the third addresses non-residential development
The first two community workshop meetings are scheduled for February 12th and 28th. The first meeting will begin with an overview of Horace 2045 and an introduction to the comprehensive plan process. It will also address a draft Horace 2045 Vision and Guiding Principles, the community profile and comparisons of Horace to peer cities. Another focus will be population projections and alternative future land use diagrams to reach consensus on a 2045 target and finally, the meeting will include polling on key issues facing Horace. Poster boards will provide the opportunity to note the types of development preferred by those living in Horace. The second February meeting will review the Vision, Guiding Principles, Projected Population and Future Land Use Alternatives discussed at the first meeting. Hands-on exercises develop the future land use map and address two small area studies.
Future Land Use
The process to develop Horace 2045 began with a review of adopted city plans, GIS mapping, growth trends and projections for Horace and the region. That information is an important element in the future land use framework. The planning team is evaluating alternative future land use scenarios reflecting an understanding of land suitability for development, real estate market forces, community preferences and backbone City infrastructure networks.
Comprehensive and Transportation Plan
Once the Future Land Use part of the Comprehensive and Transportation Plan is adopted by the city, the planning team will begin its study of the plan’s other elements including natural resources, floodplain management, parks and recreation, community character and design, housing and population, economic development and transportation.
The last of Horace 2045’s element are the implementation strategies. these strategies will be tied to the policies and include a brief description of each measure; a timeframe for initiating and completing the measure; the responsible party or entity for implementing the measure; and the estimated cost (if any) of implementing the measure; and funding source(s), if applicable.
Study Review Committee
These community leaders are providing on-going input and review to the planning team. Future meetings of the Study Review Committee and additional Community Meetings will be scheduled for spring and summer 2019.