The Graham City Council approved the new city plan today at 10 a.m. at a 6-0 vote. The plan was overseen and largely drafted by planning consultant Christopher Butler, and its primary focus is for Graham and its surrounding land to prepare for the inevitable population growth the city will experience in the future.

Some of the key aspects of of the plan include building the link between Elm Street and the Breckenridge Highway, updating the corridors of Hillcrest and Madora on the Southern part of town, and bringing to date many of the city's zoning ordinances.

Butler said that one reason Graham should see steady population growth in the years to come remains that the city is a place that people like to come back to.

"Maybe there's not a lot of people that just move to Graham, but I think a lot more people come back to Graham," Butler said. "Right now, if you're at the top of the class and you want to go to college, you have to leave. And the college here is not going to keep those people. Maybe eventually but not anytime soon. But being able to have the economy to draw those people back later is pretty important."

Read the entire story in this weekend's edition of the Graham Leader, and look for an upcoming video mini-presentation on the new plan by planning consultant Christopher Butler on Grahamleader.com.