Community Input Needed For City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan
August 22, 2016
As work revs up on Golden Valley’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan, City staff will keep residents in the loop with several opportunities to contribute. First up is the Sept 19 Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Open House, 6:30-8:30 pm, City Hall Council Chambers. There are also opportunities to provide comments online.
“We’re looking for help with the big picture vision of what people want Golden Valley to be in 20 or 30 years,” says Jason Zimmerman, City planning manager. “Based on those ideas, staff and City Commissions will develop plans for the future.”
Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Open House
The Comprehensive Plan process kicks off Monday, Sept 19 with an open house at City Hall from 6:30-8:30 pm. Citizens will be able to browse stations for each of the Comp Plan elements that feature information about the goals and objectives developed for the last Comp Plan (2008), current trends, and opportunities to provide input regarding priorities for the future.
“We’ll look to get feedback on if these goals and objectives are still relevant or if we should modify them,” says Zimmerman.
Community Input Opportunities
Citizens unable to attend the Sept 19 open house can fill out a survey and track the project at the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan website. Currently the site also includes an interactive map on which people can add comments and ideas regarding the City’s pedestrian and bicycle plan.
Staff, consultants, and City commissions will process all input in 2017, then go back to the public to get reactions to the updated goals and objectives. For ongoing updates on the Comp Plan and for notices about future public input meetings, watch the City website and future issues of CityNews, and sign up for email notifications.
The changes to the 2040 plan won’t be as extensive as they were for the 2030 plan, Zimmerman says, but there will be some targeted efforts to probe further into issues that seem to need some specific exploration.
“Golden Valley did a huge reworking on the heels of the Envision project in 2008, so this new plan won’t be a complete overhaul like that, but there will still be room for changes and new ideas.”