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20 people show up for last scheduled meeting on Oakwood 2030

POSTED: November 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Another 20 or so area residents gave their input Tuesday night on Oakwood’s conceptual plans to redefine a 250-acre core around downtown by 2030.

The city held the second of two public hearings on the plan at Oakwood City Hall. The first one, held Thursday night, also drew about 20 people.

The city’s plans call for a mix of commercial and multi-use development, trails and open areas, ponds, and features such as a commuter rail station, amphitheater and new city hall.

"I get excited about it — I don’t know if it shows or not — but this is fun stuff," City Manager Stan Brown said as he gave his nearly one-hour computerized presentation.

A few people attending the meeting asked questions, including whether there are plans for future schools in the city.

One West Hall resident, Stacy MacLeish, said she likes the city’s open pastures and is "opposed to having every square inch (of the project area) developed."

Brown said, "We are looking at how we can protect green space and have more compact development."

Glenn Parrish, pastor of Oakwood First United Methodist Church on Allen Street, said he believes the project could help improve traffic in the area.

"We want to be a good neighbor and help any way we can," he said.

Residents can continue to continue to view the city’s plans and give their opinions of them by visiting the Oakwood 2030 Web site.



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