Westminster in need of updated plan

Westminster leaders are pressing for an updated comprehensive plan for their city. They turned last night to a representative of the government service agency that wrote the last plan in 1990. With funds allocated by the city council, Westminster Planning Commission looks to contract with the Appalachian Council of Governments. Last night the planning commissioners met with A-COG’s Chip Bentley, who wrote the last plan 23 years ago. This time the commissioners are looking for demographic data that will tell a whole lot about city and area residents—other than the simple numbers of how people living there. And Bentley said compiling those numbers will be no problem. Planning commissioner Sandra Powell asked Bentley to draw numbers from what’s considered the West-Oak public school district—especially since new numbers show West-Oak High enjoys the highest enrollment among the county’s four high schools.