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Working the city’s plans

Ennis has spent considerable time and money on community planning over the last few years. The city has a comprehensive plan and a downtown master plan, both in the birthing stages at this point.

Plans are important.

Plans are the measuring sticks for future development and decision-making. They don’t strictly outline how each future decision is to be made, but they remind leaders and citizens of the concepts that are important and keep choices in a larger perspective. For instance, if you planned personally to buy a van to transport items for your business, you wouldn’t use the resources set aside for that to buy a compact car. That doesn’t fit the plan.

Plans are perpectual. Elected leaders come and go, hired staff come and go, and even residents turn over more frequently than most people realize. But the plan can stay in place, and going forward, people can see how and why it was developed as it is being put in place. Like a business that makes decisions based on its mission statement, a community needs to make decisions based on its plan. It’s a reflection of what the community is, and what it wants to be.

Communities have gone so far as to put a plan in print by publishing a small booklet or pamphlet, outlining the plan. It’s put in the hands of organizations, citizens and leaders, so everyone knows what the plan is. It aids in keeping the entire community accountable to the plan. It reminds everyone of the goals that were set. It helps in “working the plan.” Along the way, there will be changes to any plan. Times change and there are always outside forces at work, too. One of the ways to address that is to ensure that the plan is revisited on a consistent basis – perhaps every two years – so it can be updated, and once again distributed to the public.

Ennis has invested in planning. Once the plans are complete and approved, the city should invest a little money and distribute the plans to the community – and to visitor centers – so others can be reminded of the direction Ennis is taking.

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