Plan Cheyenne: what's next?

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Plan Cheyenne updates were approved on Monday and Tuesday by the City Council and the Laramie County Commission. The city's master plan was first adopted in 2006, and have to be updated every 5 years to be eligible for federal grants.

The process of updating was never going to be simple, both the county and city planning departments have worked hard to asses what's been working in the plan and what hasn't been efficient or sustainable. And in recent weeks and months, a group of Cheyenne-area residents, led by County Commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer, have tried to stop the plan's updates from being passed.

Hasenauer says taking federal money when the country is so in debt is "irresponsible," and that the city and county aren't spending the money in an efficient manner. He was the only county commissioner to vote against the update.

John Shepard of the Laramie County Planning and Development office says the planners have the best interests of Cheyenne and Laramie County residents in mind.

"We do not want to be a cookie cutter town. Plan Cheyenne presents the local government with fiscally responsible, sustainable, and efficient ideas for the growth of the city," said Shepard.

Shepard said the city and county will now work together to implement various projects outlined in the plan. Sometimes the city will work alone as will the county, but each project will be assessed on a case by case basis. And as the city grows at a rate of about 2 percent every year, Shepard said having a plan in place is more than necessary.

One of the first projects they'll be working on, Shepard said, is the Christensen Road overpass.

For his part, Hasenauer said the county commission will be looking for problems in the plan, and with the amendments passed on Tuesday, they'll be able to change the plan more frequently.

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