Community input sought for Town of Warren Development Plan

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The town of Warren is about to have a new road map. On Tuesday, city leaders held a public meeting to review a draft comprehensive plan for Warren prepared by Trumbull County.

A dozen community members attended the meeting to learn more about the project. It includes everything from zoning recommendations to maps that analyze trends and make recommendations for city growth and development.

“That too looks at your city holistically. He looks at other plans that have been made. You know, some people are very passionate about parks. There was a map of parks in there. Some people are very passionate about transportation,” said Nicholas Coggins of the Trumbull County Planning Commission.

Coggins says the plan was a long time coming. The last time it was updated and adopted by the city was in 1977. They started the process again in 2016, but due to extenuating circumstances and COVID-19, it was put on hold indefinitely.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said when they started the process, the city had no ARP funds, so it comes at the perfect time.

“The ARP funds fell on us at the right time. So we have an opportunity to not just talk about a plan, but to implement a community vision that our entire community can truly embrace and be a part of,” Franklin said.

Franklin said city maps often just sit on shelves. He wants to assure the public that it won’t be that kind of plan.

“I’m asking the board, let’s create a committee that can incorporate into our regular meetings, a review process so we can see where we want to go and how we’re getting results with the plan,” Franklin said.

Community members have until June 3 to make recommendations on the plan. The Trumbull County Planning Commission will then review the suggestions before sending a plan to Warren City Council. The Council will then decide to formally adopt the plan.

The project is not live at this time, but the Trumbull County Planning Commission will put it on the city’s website for public review, as well as on the planning commission’s website. .

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