City Visioning Week Kicks-Off Thursday, August 22: Residents Urged to Help Shape the Future

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Thursday August 22, 2013

Visioning  Week 2 is designed by the City to continue the process of engaging the community to inform the City and its consultants on how residents want their neighborhoods, schools, shopping, parks and waterfront to fit together. This focus around ‘place’ is designed to allow everyone to contribute; each stakeholder can make a difference in this community using a process called Placemaking.  

During the day, the city will be holding one hour interview sessions. City representatives will sit down with individual stakeholders and talk one on one with community members. These will be listening sessions, not sales pitches for preconceived notions. If you would like to be interviewed, please contact City staff.

A kick-off meeting will be held Thursday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.  In the evening, on each night, from Monday August 26 to Thursday August 29, the City will hold workshops where community members can work through exercises designed to help you articulate your thoughts and desires.

There will be two kinds of workshops. The first is called Place Mapping and Route Mapping. This is a citizen driven vision planning process that engages community stakeholders themselves to identify existing places and destinations throughout their community to identify high quality, underperforming and opportunity destinations, respectively. Route mapping consists of the community mapping out pedestrian and bicycle, transit and automobile paths/connections in the community. 

The second kind of workshops will involve site specific place and street/route audit tools that will facilitate stakeholder diagnosis of the good and bad points of specific places and streets. These audit tools use interactive exercises where citizens visit intersections, streets and key places to diagnose how they are performing in terms of access and linkages. See the ad on this page for the location of each night’s meeting.

Together, these four nights of workshops will continue to inform the city and its consultants on how to write the new zoning ordinance and street design standards that the community uses to shape future development.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in helping to shape the future of your city.  The meeting schedule is listed in the Community Visioning Week ad, and more information is available on the City website www.sburl.com.