> Consultants from the Angelo Planning Group will present a draft assessment of the Madras Comprehensive Plan and Development Code at a public meeting tonight, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Madras City Council chambers.
"They assessed our comp plan and development code against `smart development' principles," explained Madras Community Development Department Director Chuck McGraw. "They've got some recommendations on what we can do to promote smart development."
"Smart development" principles promote infill, redevelopment, and compact new development in existing urban centers.
Although the city's comp plan was revised in 2003, the development code has not had a complete update for about 25 years, McGraw said.
The city hopes to get public input on proposed changes. "The consultants are proposing new uses like "granny flats" -- what they call accessory dwelling units," he said, as well as a smaller minimum lot size -- 5,000 rather than 6,000 square feet. For more information, contact the department at 475-3388.