For the past several months, the City has been working with consulting firm Streiler Planning to update the Comprehensive Plan, a long-range planning and policy document that guides the City in land-use decisions. At the onset of the plan, Streiler Planning identified four major phases in the formulation of the plan:
Phase One – Inventory & Assessment
Phase Two – Public Engagement/Critical Issues
Phase Three – Vision, Goals & Objectives
Phase Four – Adopt & Implement
The first phase consisted of the base mapping, existing conditions analysis, review of existing comprehensive plan, and an organizational Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting. The second phase consisted the public engagement process. There were two public workshops, a citizen survey, and one-on-one interviews. One-on-one interviews were conducted with key stakeholders, including several Alderman, Board, commission and committee members, City staff, and commercial property owners and developers. Citizen Survey results were presented at a workshop on February 17, 2016. The full public engagement summary will be reviewed and discussed at a workshop on March 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Results of the public engagement process will provide the basis for the establishment of the city’s critical issues .
From there, the update process continues into phase three. The consultant will draft comprehensive plan components, vision, goals and objectives. This will serve as the “framework of action” that will guide Byrnes Mill’s decision-makers toward well-informed decisions regarding, business stability & economic development, housing, quality of life, transportation, and future growth.
In addition to attending the workshops, community members are encouraged to review and follow the progress of the plan on the website - www.byrnesmill.org which is updated regularly and offer feedback. The final Comprehensive Plan is expected to be completed this summer.
For more information, contact Larry Perney, City Administrator, at 636-677-7727.