Committee works on Downtown Action Plan

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

The Old Town Action Plan Committee met at Ridgecrest City Hall April 9 in one of an ongoing series of meetings to discuss possible improvements to the Balsam Street area.

The group, which is in the process of drafting a Downtown Action Plan, has approved Chap-ters 1 through 5. At the next meeting, set for May 14, the group will discuss material in Chapters 6, 7 and 8.

Committee members include Chairman Chris LeCornu, Lois Beres, Marni Dobbs, Jason Patin, Carter Pope, Craig Porter and Chip Holloway.

Chapter 1 is an introduction, outlining who the members are and the proposed scope of their work. Chapter 2 is about existing conditions, Chapter 3 focuses on goals and objectives, Chapter 4 is on design standards and Chapter 5 covers the Balsam District branding.

Chapter 6 will cover public amenities including landscaping, Chapter 7 will cover private amenities including signage and Chapter 8 will cover implementation, including discussions of possible funding sources.

The OTAP is an ongoing process, and input from both the public and businesses is sought.

The plan became more complicated after the funding that was available at the beginning of the project disappeared because of changes in government funding and regulations.

Since the city of Ridgecrest does not have funding for this project, committee members are revising plans in order to do the job on less money, figuring the plan will now have to be carried by Balsam District members.

Committee members are hoping that upcoming funding changes will allow the project to be funded once again by state or federal programs.

If you have questions, contact Matthew Alexander, city planner, at, or come to the next OTAP meeting set for May 14, at 6 p.m., at Ridgecrest City Hall’s large conference room downstairs. Copies of the plan will be available at the meeting.

Story First Published: 2013-04-24