A 2012 Columbus Community Smart Comprehensive Plan has been approved by both the Columbus City and the Columbus Junction city councils.

The Columbus Junction City Council approved the plan during its regular meeting Wednesday, while the Columbus City council gave its approval earlier this month.

The current effort builds on a 2007 Tri-City Comprehensive Plan that included the City of Fredonia. That community chose not to participate in the 2012 update.

Columbus Junction officials approved the latest plan following a public hearing that drew no comments. The plan was developed by the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, Burlington.

The plan contains a variety of goals and actions, including one to update and enforce city codes related to housing standards and property maintenance. Columbus Development Center Executive Director Mallory Smith reported she had started work on developing a rental housing inspection program and was at the point of needing input from both the Columbus City and Columbus Junction councils. Council members Hal Prior and Bernabe Rodriquez both volunteered to serve on a committee that will develop a draft ordinance.

Smith said she hoped the committee, which also will include Columbus City officials, would have a proposal ready to present to the city councils early next year.

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