This letter addresses the concerns of Mr. Poskanzer. Your sentence, "Take this input to heart and appoint a citizens' commission to study the future of Payson, and you will be a hero" has been done. We started our general plan update process in 2001, and it was voter approved in September 2003. It was a very lengthy and public process, with focus groups and a technical advisory committee providing input. Numerous public hearings were held, with additional information flow in both directions. I don't recall seeing you at any of the meetings or hearings, however. This plan is providing guidance to our community development department, planning and zoning and the council on what we can or should do.
I suggest all of you take some time to familiarize yourself with the process we went through and the decisions made. The document lists our policies that relate to water, trails, transportation and land use. It is a state-mandated process that provides for a procedure if any change is requested.
You can see the plan at the library or buy a copy for $25 at the Community Development Department or visit the following website address www.ci.payson.az.us/ Departments/CommunityDev/comdev-index.htm and click on general plan update 2003. It is almost 6 MB, so do that only if you have high-speed Internet.
Robert W Henley, Payson