Six Bowling Green residents got the chance to get an inside view of the workings of the City-County Planning and Zoning Commission of Warren County Tuesday night as part of the citys Neighborhood University program.The program, organized in cooperation with Warren County Community Education, allows citizens to learn about the inner workings of the city in a relaxed setting, said Ann Grubbs, enrichment coordinator for community education.The program is in its second semester, and Tuesdays class was the fifth of six offerings, with the final one, Trees! Part II scheduled for Thursday night at 6 p.m., Grubbs said.Last spring, the program offered seven courses, but the events of Sept. 11 forced the cancellation of one of this falls offerings, Preparing for Disaster, she said.That program will be revised and presented as a full seminar in early 2002, Grubbs said.So far, the program has met with moderate success, she said.Its a new series of classes, so were still trying to gain acceptance with the public, she said. Were going to continue with the program, though, and hopefully it will continue to grow.After Thursday nights session, the series will begin again next spring, Grubbs said. At Tuesday nights session, planning commission Assistant Director Alice Burks shared some of the commissions inner workings with the residents, including some of the details of the new county zoning ordinance, scheduled to take effect Dec. 1.Burks also encouraged residents to become involved in the planning commission processes.We are always looking for citizen input, she said. Especially on items like comprehensive plan updates, where what we decide will effect everyone in the county for a long period of time.For more information on the Neighborhood University program, contact Grubbs at 842-4281 or city Neighborhood Action Coordinator Karen Foley at 393-3674.
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