What’s Next Comprehensive Plan Update
Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planner Trey Akers provided an update on the What’s Next? comprehensive plan process.
A comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. The comprehensive plan’s purpose is to directly inform decisions that we make as a community.
Most recently, we held a community-wide workshop on January 17 called Conversations on What’s Next. Led by our consultant team, the event featured interactive live-survey polling and facilitated table discussions. The gathering also served as a launch point for our Community Snapshot Report, which offers an updated look at a variety of topics including: Demographics, housing, land use, transportation, and public services. Afterwards, we launched an online survey that included the same questions as the Conversations event. Including the workshop participants (146), we’ve had 649 participants providing feedback as part of this workshop and second survey. These numbers are remarkable and a testament to our community’s commitment to this process.
Looking ahead, we anticipate the first installment of our Public Engagement Report being released in March. This report will summarize the first round of public engagement that occurred during Phase 1, Exploring Our Planning Principles. March will also prove busy as the project team, Plan Advisory Group, and Publicity & Outreach Committee will begin preparing for the next workshop, to be held April 1-3.
We encourage all members of our community to participate in the following ways:
- Visit the project website for up-to-date information (including the Community Snapshot and the Public Engagement Reports) at www.WhatsNextDavidson.com;
- Sign up for our new What’s Next? eCrier to receive news and information at http://www.townofdavidson.org/ecrier (type in your email and click the “What’s Next?” list at the bottom); and
- Mark your calendar to attend the “Shaping What’s Next” community workshop April 1-3 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House and Town Hall. Specific times/events details coming soon.
At the end of the public meeting, the board of commissioners entered into a closed session to consult with the Town Attorney on the lawsuit entitled Davidson Acquisition Company, et. al. v. Town of Davidson et. al and Attorney-client privilege.