Community input is critical to the preparation of an area plan at all stages, from initial brainstorming, existing conditions analysis, visioning and synthesis to City Plan Commission review, Common Council approval, and implementation.
Community partners participated in developing each of the plans. The planning process for each plan was directed by a Contract Management Team (CMT) consisting of a diverse set of community partners and neighborhood stakeholders. A Plan Advisory Group (PAG) of local residents, business owners and other stakeholders was created in each plan area to review and comment on the plan at the various stages of preparation. Representatives from neighboring municipalities were included as key stakeholders for plans on the City’s boundary.
The community input process included Image Preference Surveys, community surveys, individual stakeholder interviews, focus groups, design workshops, and open houses. Consultant teams of urban planners and economic development experts also informed the process.
As each plan was developed, area plan websites were posted with meeting notices and plan drafts. Citizens were able to comment on plan drafts using online comment forms. Planners utilized the City’s E-Notify system to notify citizens about upcoming meetings.