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Development Advisory Board to Present Report, Seek Input
Posted on: 05/14/2013
By  Andy Rex
After going dormant during the previous administration, Mayor Joe Matthews’ Development Advisory Board has been back at work.
For the past few months, members have been reviewing and updating a plan from 10 years ago.  Bill McElfresh, who chaired the board then, is chairing again, and he says they plan to provide an update to the public tomorrow evening.

“We went through all 44 recommendations and gave each one a percentage complete score," McElfresh says.  "We did a lot of research with the city, looking at policies and recommendations.  That document we will present Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 pm, at Washington State Community College.”
The presentation will be held in Washington State’s Graham Auditorium.  McElfresh says this discussion is just the starting point.

“Right now, this is more informative," McElfresh says.  "We’ll go over a few of the recommendations and the scoring.  There will be time for some general questions.  Then we’ll have a road map for where we’re going to go in the future.  That’s what we expect.  Public hearings for new parts of the plan and new ideas will take place in September and October of this year.”
And, he says the ultimate goal of the advisory board is to get people to think and the city to plan in the long term.

“Long-range planning – long-range thinking," explains McElfresh.  "I think some of the approaches that we saw as we’ve looked at the report card – there have been attempts to do some things piecemeal.  I think credit goes to folks.  They’re trying to do the right thing.  But, sometimes, you’ve got to look holistically and say how is this going to impact other things down the road.  Long term, 10 to 20 years from now, if we make these type of decisions – how is that going to impact the community?"

Again, the presentation begins at 6:30 tomorrow evening at Graham Auditorium.
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