MARIETTA - The turnout was light for Wednesday at a Marietta Development Advisory Board status report on the Marietta City Comprehensive Plan originally adopted in 2003.
About 20 people attended the meeting.
"Although it was developed in 2003, this is currently still the active plan for Marietta's development, and the mayor wanted us to do an assessment to see where we stand with the current plan," said Bill McElfresh, chairman of the advisory board.
The board was created in 2002 during current Mayor Joe Matthews' first administration to prepare the city comprehensive plan in response to a moratorium on construction of a proposed new municipal building.
The plan, "Pioneering the Future," originally included 44 recommendations on how future development should take place, McElfresh said.
"Out of those 44 we developed a top 10 list, then prioritized those recommendations," he said.
He reviewed the top 10 recommendations and said over the last several months, the board had determined whether each recommendation had been accomplished and to what extent.
Councilman Roger Kalter, chairman of the planning and zoning committee, thanked McElfresh and the other seven board members for their work on the plan assessment.
"It's important that we all take a good long look at this," he said. "Long-term planning is vital to the city's development."
Matthews said he had talked to city council President Walt Brothers about the plan and recommended that each of the seven council members be assigned to work on one of the plan's recommendations.
The community report card was the result of those efforts.
Among the recommendations completed was a new justice center, which was the new Marietta Municipal Court that opened last year, and combining the Harmar Merchants Association Marietta Merchants Association and the Friends of Front Street downtown development groups under one umbrella known now as ReStore Marietta.
Several other recommendations were partially acted on partially or not at all, according to the report card.
Those include: extending the River Trail across the Harmar Railroad Bridge (15 percent done); determine a best use and business plan for the National Guard Armory building (5 percent completed); developing an indoor recreation center for the community (15 percent done); establishing an historic preservation ordinance (10 percent done); and establishing a comprehensive land use development plan (0 percent completed).
The report card presented Wednesday night is available on the city website at www.mariettaoh.net, along with the original comprehensive plan.
McElfresh said the next step after the report card assessment will be a public comment period that will begin in September and October of this year, along with public hearings to obtain new recommendations and compile new data for an updated comprehensive plan.
He said the board would write the new plan between November and February and will present a final draft of the new 2014-2024 comprehensive plan by March.