The City of Wayland is a step closer to updating its comprehensive plan. 

The Wayland City Commission approved an agreement with Bocook Engineering, to prepare and develop a comprehensive plan.

Wayland received a $6,000 Flex-E grant for the project to update the city’s last comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2012. 

Bocook Engineering was the only company to submit a bid for the project, Mayor Jerry Fultz reported.

Under the agreement, Bocook Engineering agrees to attend and facilitate information-gathering meetings, collect data and complete a comprehensive plan that can be “used as a guide for economic and community development” in Wayland. The plan is required to be finalized by Jan. 30, 2020, the agreement says. 

The plan should identify potential funding sources, update a five-, 10- and 20-year accomplishment guide and assess the community’s current resources, the document says. 

In an email to Fultz, Cliff Latta, who will be working on the plan through Bocook, explained that the plan should include consideration of available and future infrastructure, public services and available resources. He commended the city for its progress. 

“Wayland has positioned itself as a unique tourism attraction and is well on its way to becoming a community that provides a way of life suitable for consideration as a retirement community or one that people would gladly commute to and from in order to enjoy the quality of life,” he wrote. “The plan must build on the foundation of history and heritage that is currently being captured and, in doing so, would have no bounds. The foundation has been firmly established.” 

The project is funded through the Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program at the Center for Rural Development program, in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and the Appalachian Regional Commission, a press release said. 

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