In a joint meeting Thursday, the Glen Rose City Council and the planning and zoning committee unanimously adopted the 2009 comprehensive plan.

The plan, which was presented by the Sefko Planning Group of Freese and Nichols, Inc., maps the future of Glen Rose. Sefko worked in conjunction with a steering committee and received input from residents.

“The comprehensive plan is a guide for the future development of the city, a GPS for its future,” Sefko representative Daniel Harrison said. “(It) should be reviewed every year and updated every five years. It’s not going to be a cure-all for every issue but it gives your decision makers (tools).”

The plan, which has been posted on the city’s Web site (www.cityofglenrose.com) for several weeks, includes a snapshot of the community, a vision of the city’s future, a future land use map and an implementation process.

Through its research, Sefko determined the majority of the community wanted to see additional parks and trails throughout the city. It was that main point that led to a joint meeting between the city council and the planning and zoning committee.

Harrison advised the city council in early November that it would be wise to take a proactive step and get a head-start on the parks planning. In order to qualify for grants through the Texas Parks and Wildlife, a municipality’s plan must be submitted prior to the first grant cycle in January.

The park plan Sefko will submit for grants will take into consideration the top three items residents deemed most important to Glen Rose’s park system. Two of the top three were a swimming pool and a recreation center.

“The comprehensive plan is a great tool to make sure in Glen Rose we are steering the right course,” Dan Sefko said.

Mayor Pam Miller thanked the Sefko Planning Group and the steering committee for their efforts on the plan.

“We would like to express our appreciation for all your time and hard work,” Miller said.

Sefko and Associates were also on the agenda to discuss an “overlay” ordinance for Highways 67 and 144 and the Paluxy River District. However, Sefko said he required more time to put together a final tally for the cost of the project. The item was tabled until the next city council meeting.