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Centertown trustees to identify future plans

News Tribune/Danisha Hogue
The Centertown Board of Trustees reorganized at the April 30 board meeting. Trustees are paid $10 per meeting and serve two-year terms.

The Centertown Board of Trustees is moving on several projects in the community.

At the board’s April 30 board meeting, the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission discussed potentially working with the village on a growth plan.

Mid-Mo Regional Planning serves Moniteau, Cole, Cooper, Callaway, Boone and Howard counties with planning and grants. Executive Director David Bock and Transportation Planner Jennifer Bowden said Centertown is a member of the organization and has access to the team.

“Our main role, I would probably envision, is assistance with a comprehensive plan,” Bock said.

The state requires towns to have a plan in place to enforce their zoning ordinances and future plans. They also help with developing stormwater and wastewater plans.

Centertown is currently working with Bartlett & West on a stormwater improvement project on Main Street.

A full comprehensive plan would cost upwards of $25,000, Bock told the board.

“We’re not going to do a $25,000-$30,000 plan that’s way overkill for you,” Bock said. “If we did a comprehensive plan in a skinnier version, it probably would be in the neighborhood of $6,500-$7,000.”

A third option would be a transportation land use plan. This option would range from $3,000-$3,500.

The transportation plans can be used to apply for grants through Missouri Department of Transportation, he added.

Board member Celine Whitaker reached out to the company for assistance with enforcing the city’s zoning.

Board Chairman Adam Brown said many of Centertown’s current ordinances, including the zoning ordinance, were created in the 1990s and early 2000s.

“It is our belief that now is the time to revisit and update our ordinances,” Brown said.

Mid-Mo Regional Planning recommended the village form a zoning commission to work on plans including transportation needs and maps for the next 20 years.

“Being a small community with 150 or so houses, we wouldn’t have nearly as big a plan or a lot of growth use,” Brown said. “Right now, we’re doing a lot of baby steps, I feel, toward stuff that can be beneficial up the road. Mid Mo Regional Planning Commission was the first of several organizations that we are in discussion with to help us plan for the future.”

If the city contracts with the company, Bock said, a draft of a transportation land use plan could be ready in three months.

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