A comprehensive plan for the City of Cadiz is being sent to the Cadiz-Trigg County Planning Commission, which will host a public hearing on the document. The document outlines goals and objectives related to quality of life issues such as housing, population and education, protections for natural resources, physical aspects like transportation and public safety and economic growth in the community.

The plan addresses the next five years through 2026.

A group of officials working on the plan voted during a meeting on Thursday to send the document to the commission.

Bob Brame, commission chairman and moderator of the working group, explained that this plan updates a previous plan done in conjunction with Trigg County in the early 2000s.

Such efforts help communities adhere to zoning ordinances and the like, noted Brame of their impact on local cities.

“The plan is the basis for all of the other land use issues you deal with,” he said, pointing, for example, to roads, and the placement of businesses and residential areas in a city.

He noted that a plan should be updated every five years.

Brame said officials began working on this one in February of last year and thought it would be done by the end of the year.

The coronavirus made it difficult, however, and some meetings on the issue were virtual sessions via ZOOM.

On Thursday, Tom Britton, a representative of Community and Development Services in Hopkinsville, went over changes in the draft before it was approved for the commission.

The document, among other things, mentions a need for steady improvements in population growth, an aggressive annexation policy and an increase in conventional housing.

Its plans to grow the population include a focus on creating new jobs, on retaining and attracting middle class families and young professionals to the city and on protecting existing and new neighborhoods with land use codes and regulations.

Additionally, there is a goal to encourage the military and employees of industries to live in Cadiz and Trigg County.

The comprehensive plan projects a need for 300 housing units to be built in the city by 2040 to accommodate population growth (expected to be 2,799 that same year) and the loss of existing housing through casualty, dilapidation or obsolescence.

During the next 20 years, single-family housing is projected to remain the predominant housing type in Cadiz, the plan notes.

The document’s goals and objectives were developed by the planning commission in assistance with the working group, and officials noted that the county could utilize the same goals and objectives as a foundation for its own comprehensive plan.

“The city and county plans should be complementary to each other,” noted Brame of local efforts to consider future growth.

Britton said the city and Trigg County developed a joint comprehensive plan in 2002-2003. The county funded that plan, with the Pennyrile Area Development District carrying out the work that was related to that initial comprehensive plan.

In Kentucky, state statutes establish the minimum requirements for community planning. Cities and counties wanting to employ planning tools such as zoning must have a comprehensive plan, and it must be updated every five years.

Brame said the next step, following approval at a public hearing, will be sending the goals and objectives to the city for adoption. Once the plan is adopted, work begins on zoning.

“Then if the county wants to adopt a comprehensive plan, it would be simple because of what we’ve done,” Brame said.

He noted that, once the city’s comprehensive plan is adopted, it will be available for the public to see at ctcplanning.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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