By: Diane Benjamin
Tonight the Bloomington City Council will approve paying the McLean County Regional Planning Commission $54,212 for the plan they created: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8974
The plan was out of date before it was issued because it pretends Bloomington is growing. Before Mitsubishi announced it’s closing, Bloomington was showing negative growth. Now 1,200 jobs are being lost, not counting all the ancillary positions that will be lost through dependence on Mitsubishi trade.
They did the work, so pay them. See the plan here: http://www.mcplan.org/department/division.php?structureid=23
Put the plan on a shelf. Nothing in it reflects reality.
Shelve all the other Master Plans too. Spending by government has never resulted in prosperity. Government spending has resulted in a failing Coliseum, a failed TIF district, a heavily subsidized BCPA, an unused fire station, and a water tower that can’t be used – just to name a few.
I’m sure Renner/Hales think they are smarter than every other person holding their positions in the past. They aren’t.