The Kendig Keast Collaborative, the city’s planning consultant, looks at ways to make housing more affordable for more people in Murfreesboro. Click to read this story.

Kendig Keast is also calling for a shift away from single-family subdivision living to denser neighborhoods with a mix of uses. To read his story, click

The consultant’s ideal is a throwback to an idea that seemed gone 20 years ago — the old fashioned neighborhood. He’s promoting a modern version of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith show. For more on this issue, click

For a story on the consultant’s view of the ideal neighborhood, click

To read about making housing more affordable for more residents here, click

During the first week of September the city’s planning consultant unveiledĀ  the latest chapter of its report on a 20-year growth plan to a citizens task force, the planning commission and the city council.

This chapter, titled “Land Use and Character”, focuses on maintaining the quality of life here and the city’s historical character during an expected population explosion. The city’s population is expected to grow from about 120,000 now to roughly 228,000 by 2035. If you add in the immediate surrounding county lands the added residents could reach 160,000.

The two-year planning process for the next 20 years reached its midpoint last June.

The city is operating with a comprehensive plan that dates from 1989 and it is only advisory. Right now developers can deviate fairly easily from the current plan with a rezoning request. If the new comprehensive plan has the force of law they will have to seek an amendment to the plan and hold a public hearing before the rezoning.

You can read the existing draft chapters of the plan by clicking It’s a terrific cure for insomnia.

But why not cheat and read our “Cliff’s Notes” type summaries of what’s in the plan? We guarantee we can get you a passing grade on the final. Here are articles we have posted on the study so far.

— The overture: We boil the consulant’s dazzling array of facts and figures into something that is almost manageable. Click to read this section before the musicians file in.

— Revitalizing the downtown area. Click:

— Stimulating neighborhoods that aren’t just collections of houses. Click and moving toward higher density. Click

— (1) Maintaining enough drinking water and (2) dealing with potential flooding problems. Click:

— The need for more parks. Click:

— Getting creative people to come here and stay here. Click:

— Maintaining quality schools here as the student population explodes. Click

— What are we going to do with all that trash that’s piling up? Click: