Friendswood City Council discusses updates to comprehensive plan

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Friendswood City Council typically meets on the first Monday of the month.

Friendswood City Council typically meets on the first Monday of the month.

Friendswood City Council discussed putting together a new comprehensive plan for the city. While different parts of the plan have been updated in recent years, the full comprehensive plan for the city was published in 1998.

State law requires cities have a comprehensive plan that touches on land use, transportation and public facilities, at minimum, said Aubrey Harbin, director of community development for the city of Friendswood. The land-use plan was last updated in 2008; the public facilities plan was updated in 2010; and the transportation plan was updated in last year.

Though no action was taken on the work session item, council generally agreed with updating the plan. Council Member Trish Hanks said she was thought it was a good time to update, particularly as the voters just approved bond measures in November.

“I love comprehensive plans, and I think they should be updated more than every 20 years,” Hanks said. “I’m really excited about this.”

Council Member Steve Rockey asked if the plan included an environmental impact portion. While the city could add that, it could not do it in-house, City Manager Morad Kabiri said. The plan does have a drainage component, Kabiri added.

The council may discuss the new plan at its next council retreat along with the planning and zoning commission.
By Haley Morrison

Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. In her tenure as a reporter, she has primarily written about education, health care and transportation.


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