Ashland panel talks about goals

Ashland's Planning Commission weighs in Tuesday on goals recently approved by the City Council.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St. It's open to the public.

Commissioners will rate the 15 goals as important or not important and also will give written comments. The council will use the input to shape revisions to the goals, values and vision statement documents, according to a council letter addressed to the commission.

In November, the council will consider revising the values and vision statement papers. The council will take up its list of goals in January, when it begins another goal-setting process for the 2011 fiscal year.

The council hopes to accomplish the goals, which are grouped into six subjects — the economy, environment, social equity, organization, public facilities and partnerships — by July 2011.

The goals include completing the city's Croman Mill Master Plan, increasing car-free transportation options, studying Ashland's homeless population, restoring rail-service to the city and developing a plan to replace Fire Station No. 2.

Commissioners will also rate the council's vision statement and values, which are designed to guide the council in making decisions.

The values document lists good government, the natural environment, responsible land use, free expression, diversity, economy, independence, personal wellbeing and a sense of community as most important to the council.

For the full text of the council's goals, values and vision statement documents, go to

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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