Marysville city leaders are close to having a road map laid down to direct the city's future in years to come.

Marysville city leaders are close to having a road map laid down to direct the city's future in years to come.

City staff has been working on a comprehensive plan for Marysville over the past year, and that plan is almost ready to be introduced to city council for consideration, according to City Administrator Jillian Froment.

The idea behind a Marysville Comprehensive plan is to "help the city's elected and appointed officials, administration, residents and business operators develop a shared understanding of Marysville's future needs and the best strategies for ensuring a successful future," according to its introduction.

Froment said the plan has been a year in the making.

"We started working on this almost a year ago, knowing we needed a vision in place for directing growth in the future," Froment said. "Kind of a silver lining to the economic slowdown is that we've had a chance to put some much-needed things in place, such as a comprehensive land use plan."

The plan breaks the city down into eight distinct sub-areas, each with its own personality, Froment said. Those areas are Uptown, Olde Town Marysville, Mill Creek Destinations, Marysville North, the Regional Commercial District, the Innovation District, Marysville South and Marysville West.

"It made sense not to look at the whole city, but as sub-sections that need to be harmonious with one another," Froment said. "This allows us to look at each section separately and distinctively, while being able to blend the edges together."

A large portion of the plan deals with community members' responses to detailed questions asking what they want to see in their community. With this information available, Froment said, the city can take a closer look at the needs of each sub-section.

Residents identified the following overarching issues that they want addressed in the city: a connected system of multi-use recreational trails in Marysville; sidewalk connectivity between residential neighborhoods and destinations (schools, shopping centers, etc.); key entrance points, or gateways, to the city; responsible management of new residential development, campus-style developments for non-residential development plans; re-evaluating zoning regulations; and several other issues.

"I think this confirmed for us several of the things that we thought the residents were interested in, but hadn't articulated," Froment said. "This is really something that, now that we have the community feedback, we feel comfortable going forward and implementing, knowing that we're for the most part on the right track."

Froment said that by the time the Comprehensive Plan is introduced to city council in the beginning of January, it will also have a section that includes what steps are needed for improvement in the sub-sections, a timeline for when they need to be completed, and which departments will be responsible for their implementation.

The entire Comprehensive Plan can be viewed on the city's Web site, at