20 year plan in the works for Jonesboro

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"There's going to be a lot of fact finding, a lot of data gathering that will go into this comprehensive plan," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

It's a 20 year plan. A future Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin can't predict, but one he hopes the city can try to prepare and plan for.

"Where is Jonesboro going to be in 20 years?  What is it going to take for us, the city and citizens of Jonesboro and this community, to get to that point," said Perrin.

Questions the newly formed 43 member Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission will address.

"We can't provide services unless we know the growth we anticipate, and the type of services we're going to need in the future," said Perrin.

Perrin says the plan will encompass all of the separate studies the city has done--drainage, streets, and land use, for example.  It will also include plans from all other sectors of city including retail, industry, health care, education, and planning.

"What this will accomplish is taking all of those and putting them into one comprehensive plan and just laying it out and saying this will be, we think, your city in 20 years," said Perrin.

City employees, business men and women, realtors, professors, community leaders and more make up the commission. Perrin says a diverse group is needed to address all of our growing city's needs.

"If the city is going to grow to 75 to 100 to 200 thousand in population the question is going to be how much planning are we going to have to do on our infrastructure streets and highways," said Perrin.

Perrin says he expects economic development and infrastructure are two key components the commission will address.  Having plenty of jobs and a variety of them available for people in Jonesboro, and making sure when they get here, they have everything they need.

There are four high school students on the commission as well.  Perrin says they represent part of the future of the city.  Perrin expects a final product in 18 to 24 months.

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