In many ways, Monticello's downtown is the heart of the community. The downtown area lies at the intersection of State Highway 25 and County Highway 75 (Broadway Street) and is bounded on the north by the Mississippi River.Background
The city has been working for the past year on an updated plan to set the vision for reinvestment in Downtown Monticello. The work included input from various city boards, business and property owners, and residents. As the plan evolved over the spring and summer of 2017, it was guided by a project steering committee and public feedback received at open houses and engagement activities.
Once the draft plan was completed, the EDA and Planning Commission suggested final revisions and both voted to recommend that City Council adopt the Small Area Plan. On September 25, 2017 City Council voted to adopt the plan and the corresponding amendments to the Monticello Comprehensive Plan. Together, the Small Area Plan and Comprehensive Plan define a clear vision and strategy for revitalizing downtown.The plan focuses on four main goals for the downtown:
Downtown Zone Ordinance Work Group
- Improve Pine Street for all users
- Shift the center of downtown to Broadway and Walnut Streets
- Encourage small and medium scaled investments
- Become a river town
The next step toward achieving the vision of the Small Area Plan is for a work group to update the city’s zoning ordinance. The zoning ordinance provides the regulations the city uses to evaluate development and redevelopment projects. It’s necessary for the ordinance to be consistent with the land use framework, character areas, and recommendations of the Small Area Plan. The work group will include representatives from the City Council, Planning Commission, and EDA as well as four members of the general public.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the new plan. We’re ready to celebrate and strengthen downtown Monticello!