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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The city is taking its first step in expanding its planning department.

Wednesday, city council approved an ordinance allowing the city's board of control to enter into an agreement with a consulting firm that will address planning for the city's downtown and neighborhood areas.

"We believe we can get more services with a firm and a firm has an opportunity to possibly bring more money into the facility as well," says Paul Drennen with city council. "But we're looking at expanding our planning department to work with the firm."

It's been at least four years since Youngstown has had a city plan.

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