Will they stay or will they go?

Jacksonville's City Council meets tonight to decide whether it will stick with a countywide planning effort to determine how the region will grow in coming decades.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Old City Hall at Main and Oregon streets in Jacksonville. It's open to the public.

The council voted recently to postpone a decision about whether to approve the Regional Problem Solving effort as an Oct. 16 deadline looms.

The countywide process attempts to determine how the region will grow in the coming 50 years. Advocates of the process say that Jacksonville's reluctance to sign off on it puts the entire effort at risk of unraveling.

The council voted 4-3 this month to postpone its decision because some members had strong reservations that the process might not be in the community's best interest.

The planning effort requires all seven cities and the county to sign on. Similar processes throughout Oregon have failed because of the massive complexities in getting everyone to agree.

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