Jonesboro begins review of master street and land use plans

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro City leaders are bringingin an outside expert to help solve some of the growing problems the city faces.

They've brought in Jim von Tungeln, with the Urban Planning AssociatesInc, out of Little Rock, to help the city review the "Master Street Plan" andthe "Master Land Use Plan."

He met with Mayor Harold Perrin Thursday night.  Tungeln says he's never worked in Jonesboro,but can help the city deal with its growing issues.  "I think I have an understanding of whatmoves cities, what obstacles get in the way of cities, what issues they mayhave, what challenges may be on the horizon they haven't thought of yet."

After doing weeks of research, Tungeln says he feels thebiggest problem Jonesboro faces is the traffic. "With growth you have more andmore traffic. With more traffic, you have more and more people getting upset andfrustrated."

He says to address the issues, the city's growth and traffichave to be combined and coordinated to help ease the problems.

And building more roads doesn't solve traffic problems. "Buildingmore streets creates more traffic.  Sothere's going to be some tough decisions made about how development occurs,where it occurs, and how it's built in terms of what traffic it is going toproduce." Tugeln says.

Thursday's meeting was the first of many.  Tungeln says it was an introductory meeting tobuild a foundation to work off of as they continue to review the plans.

Region 8 News will continue to track the progress of thesemeeting and will bring you the latest details as they become available.

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