Midterm update to Comprehensive Plan coming

A midterm update to Webster County’s Comprehensive Plan will be coming soon after the Board of Supervisors approved the signing of an agreement with a Des Moines-based design firm.

The agreement between the county and Confluence Inc. is for $13,920.

Supervisor Keith Dencklau was absent from Tuesday’s otherwise unanimous vote.

Chad Bahr, the county’s planning and zoning administrator, said the Comprehensive Plan was completed in 2008 and is meant to cover a 20-year period.

It contains information such as census trends and demographics. It includes policies and guidelines on land use.

Since it’s been about 10 years since the Comprehensive Plan was put together, Bahr said he thought it would be a good time for a midterm update.

What Confluence will be doing is updating the Comprehensive Plan with the latest census figures, because when it was put together, the most recent census was completed in 2000.

He added the midterm will also take a look at facilities and updating the land use map.

Bahr said doing a midterm update will end up saving the county money instead of waiting to redo it at a later date.

In addition to updating the census figures and the land use map, Bahr said Confluence will return in 2021 to include a final update on the latest census figures to be taken in 2020.

Bahr said everybody involved was impressed with Confluence and believes they will do a great job.

“They did a very nice job as far as details provided,” he said.