Soldotna adopts Envision 2030, approves capital plan

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011

n After years of fine-tuning, the City of Soldotna's comprehensive Envision 2030 plan was finally adopted at Wednesday night's city council meeting.

The plan is designed to act as a roadmap for Soldotna's progression over the next 20 years and includes "policy statements, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social, and economic development, both private and public, of the City."

"I'd just like to say I think it's a good product," said councilmember Brenda Hartman. "It's quite a read, but if you get into it, it's very enlightening and a job well done."

The ordinance also recommends that the Kenai Peninsula Borough adopt the plan as well.

* The Soldotna City Council passed a resolution Wednesday night adopting the 5-year Capital Improvement Program, a document that outlines tentative scheduling and estimated costs for the city's most pressing infrastructure adjustments, such as road renewal, park construction and library expansion.

The plan, drawn up and updated annually by the Public Works Department, places projects of higher priority closer to the present, with less urgent or, sometimes, more expensive endeavors scheduled toward 2016.

Included in this year's plan, for instance, is an update on the Soldotna Community Memorial Park. With the design phase 50 percent complete, construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2011 and will include looped roads, a small maintenance building, walkways, a memorial wall and other structures. Construction costs will likely hover around $450,000.

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