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1 Lee County Master Plan April 21, 2009 Coordinating Committee

2 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Agenda Opening RemarksOpening Remarks Wendy Swann // Lee County Wendy Swann // Lee County Schedule and Progress UpdateSchedule and Progress Update Brandon Bias // Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. Brandon Bias // Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. Results of Town Hall Meeting ReportResults of Town Hall Meeting Report Jamie Greene // ACP Visioning + Planning Jamie Greene // ACP Visioning + Planning Next StepsNext Steps

3 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Schedule and Progress Update Project coordinationOngoing (PC and Coordinating Committee) Public involvement Public involvement First Town Hall MeetingsComplete First Town Hall MeetingsComplete Second Town Hall Meetings6/15-6/18/09 Second Town Hall Meetings6/15-6/18/09 Focus Groups6/15-6/18/09 Focus Groups6/15-6/18/09 County-wide Meeting 9/5/09 County-wide Meeting 9/5/09 Preliminary Analysis5/30/09 Assessment Report6/30/09 Plan Elements6/30/09 (assessment/concept plan) 8/30/09 (draft plan) 8/30/09 (draft plan) Concept Plan Document6/30/09 Draft Plan Document8/30/09 Planning Comm. meeting/approval 11/15/09-12/15/09 County Comm. meeting/approval1/15/10-2/15/10 Final Document2/28/10 Final Document2/28/10 Land-Use Land-Use Transportation Transportation Econ. Development Econ. Development Community Design Community Design Infrastructure Infrastructure Housing Housing Natural Resources Natural Resources Community Facilities Community Facilities Intergovernmental Intergovernmental

4 Lee County Master Plan Summary Town Hall Meetings: Round 1

5 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Agenda How did we get the word out?How did we get the word out? What happened at the meetings?What happened at the meetings? What did we learn?What did we learn? How do we use the results?How do we use the results? Whats next?Whats next?

6 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Meeting Preparation & Outreach How did we get the word out?

7 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN How did we get the word out? Meeting Preparation & Outreach Coordinating CommitteeCoordinating Committee Planning CommissionPlanning Commission Newspaper articlesNewspaper articles Radio advertisementsRadio advertisements TV advertisementsTV advertisements FlyersFlyers Web siteWeb site

8 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN What Happened at the Meetings?

9 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Introduction to Master Planning ProcessIntroduction to Master Planning Process What is a Master Plan? What is a Master Plan? Why does Lee County need one? Why does Lee County need one? What is the publics role in the process? What is the publics role in the process? Visual Preference SurveyVisual Preference Survey Small Group ActivitiesSmall Group Activities Ideas for the Future Ideas for the Future Strong Places, Weak Places Strong Places, Weak Places Exit QuestionnaireExit Questionnaire What Happened at the Meetings? Meeting Structure

10 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Visual Preference Survey What did we learn?

11 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Series of 33 images of several types of physical conditionsSeries of 33 images of several types of physical conditions How preferred is this condition for Lee County?How preferred is this condition for Lee County? Rated 1 (not preferred) to 5 (highly preferred) Rated 1 (not preferred) to 5 (highly preferred) Commented on reason for rating Commented on reason for rating Visual Preference Survey Process

12 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Visual Preference Survey Results Most strongly preferred Well-maintained propertiesWell-maintained properties Attractive landscapingAttractive landscaping Low-density residential developmentLow-density residential development Open space (wooded areas, meadows)Open space (wooded areas, meadows) Accessible open space and recreation facilitiesAccessible open space and recreation facilities Family-friendly features such asFamily-friendly features such as neighborhood parks and sidewalksneighborhood parks and sidewalks Most strongly not preferred Sign pollution Sign pollution Manufactured housing Manufactured housing Developments with excessive pavement and minimal greenspace Developments with excessive pavement and minimal greenspace Large-format (big-box) retail Large-format (big-box) retail Multifamily housing and high-density residential development Multifamily housing and high-density residential development Clear-cutting of land Clear-cutting of land Overhead utility lines Overhead utility lines

13 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Ideas for the Future What did we find out?

14 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN What should be done to make Lee County the best it can be in the coming years?What should be done to make Lee County the best it can be in the coming years? Individual Idea Generation Individual Idea Generation Small Group Breakouts Small Group Breakouts Group Member Introductions Group Member Introductions Recording of Group Ideas Recording of Group Ideas Last Chance Ideas Last Chance Ideas Ideas for the Future Results

15 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Most common topics:Most common topics: Zoning & Growth Management Zoning & Growth Management Recycling and Trash Pick-up Recycling and Trash Pick-up Community Centers Community Centers Healthcare, Schools, Police & Fire Healthcare, Schools, Police & Fire Recreational Trails, Parks & Playgrounds Recreational Trails, Parks & Playgrounds Agricultural and Environmental Protection Agricultural and Environmental Protection Preserving Historic & Rural Character Preserving Historic & Rural Character Signage, Parking, Landscaping Signage, Parking, Landscaping Ideas for the Future Results

16 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Strong Places, Weak Places What did we find out?

17 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Strong PlacesStrong Places What places are desirable to visit? What places are desirable to visit? …are special in a positive way? …are special in a positive way? …reflect well on the community? …reflect well on the community? …would you like to see more of? …would you like to see more of? Weak PlacesWeak Places What places are undesirable to visit or are eyesores? What places are undesirable to visit or are eyesores? …reflect poorly on the community? …reflect poorly on the community? Strong Places, Weak Places

18 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Identification of Top Three Strong and Weak PlacesIdentification of Top Three Strong and Weak Places Individual Maps Individual Maps Group Maps Group Maps Discussion of Top Three Strong and Weak PlacesDiscussion of Top Three Strong and Weak Places Strong Places, Weak Places Process

19 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Digital Compilation of Group Maps Digital Compilation of Group Maps Strong Places, Weak Places Process

20 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Strong Places Auburn University Beans Mill Beauregard Beulah Chewacla Park Downtown Opelika Gold Hill Keisel Park Lake Harding Loachapoka Tiger Town Strong Qualities Business/Shopping/Employment Centers Recreational, Educational, and Cultural Opportunities Historic Places Clean, Well-maintained Places Natural Areas and Open Spaces Rural Farmland and Pastures Strong Places Process

21 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Weak PlacesWeak Places North Auburn (city) North Auburn (city) Beulah Beulah Blanton Blanton Highways 14, 280, 379 Highways 14, 280, 379 Loachapoka Loachapoka Midway Plaza Midway Plaza Northeast Opelika Northeast Opelika Opelika Rd. Opelika Rd. Quarry Quarry Salem Salem Smiths Station Smiths Station Spring Villa Spring Villa Weak Qualities Traffic: Congested & Dangerous High Density Litter Environmental Degradation Poorly Maintained & Disorderly Crime Weak Places Process

22 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Exit Questionnaire Who attended the meetings?

23 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN How many people attended the meetings?How many people attended the meetings? What kind of people attended the meetings?What kind of people attended the meetings? What did they think of the meetings?What did they think of the meetings? Exit Questionnaire

24 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN 161 Total Participants161 Total Participants 97% lived in Lee County97% lived in Lee County 75% were 45+ years old75% were 45+ years old 85% had at least some college education85% had at least some college education 99% felt they had the opportunity to fully express their ideas99% felt they had the opportunity to fully express their ideas Exit Questionnaire Who attended the meetings?

25 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN 99% felt they had the opportunity to fully express their ideas 99% felt they had the opportunity to fully express their ideas 100% thought the process was fair to everyone in the group 100% thought the process was fair to everyone in the group How was tonights meeting valuable to you? How was tonights meeting valuable to you? Voicing my concerns Voicing my concerns Hearing others concerns & discussing Hearing others concerns & discussing Learning about the area/community Learning about the area/community Meeting people and sense of community Meeting people and sense of community Learning about planning process & need for planning Learning about planning process & need for planning Not sure - Skeptical about implementation of ideas Not sure - Skeptical about implementation of ideas Exit Questionnaire What did they think of the meetings?

26 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN How do we use what we learned?

27 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Whats next…

28 LEE COUNTY MASTER PLAN Next Steps Town Hall Meetings // June 15-18Town Hall Meetings // June Outreach for Under-Represented Populations Outreach for Under-Represented Populations Study Groups Study Groups Format Format Next Coordinating Committee // Planning CommissionNext Coordinating Committee // Planning Commission May ?, 2009 May ?, 2009 June 2, 2009 June 2, 2009 Two Weeks prior to Second Town Hall Meeting Series Two Weeks prior to Second Town Hall Meeting Series


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