Presentation on theme: "Draft Neighborhood Element Volume 1 of 2 January 17, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Draft Neighborhood Element Volume 1 of 2 January 17, 2012
Introduce the City and its distinctive neighborhoods Identify cherished neighborhood features Identify critical neighborhood issues and needs Provide staff recommendations to address neighborhood issues and needs Suggest ways to reinforce and restore neighborhood vitality Recommend public issues and needs to be addressed in the City-Wide Element
Conducted 10 public meetings in the neighborhoods January 7, 2010 through September 23, 2010 Total of 80 citizens participated Only one meeting failed to draw any participants Planning Coordination Team Comprised of City staff from all major departments Included State (MDP) and County representation Met after each neighborhood meeting to discuss issues Generated recommendations to address issues/needs Produced Neighborhood Meeting Summary Reports Draft Neighborhood Element was prepared Statewide Clearinghouse Review Completed on August 17, 2011 – No comments received Planning Commission Public Hearing – September 12, 2011 – No comments received Planning Commission approved Neighborhood Element by resolution – October 17, 2011
Town Centre (Downtown) was the only neighborhood that grew in population during the 1990s Consider implementing the 2003 DCBA downtown marketing plan Restoration or removal of abandoned and blighted housing remains a significant need The next targeted neighborhood revitalization effort should be in the Baltimore Avenue/Goethe Street corridors Expanded Police Patrols and Street Improvements are the two most frequently cited public service & facility needs identified in the neighborhood meetings
Expanded parking options is a priority need in the oldest neighborhoods The need for more sidewalks was raised in the citys newer neighborhoods Water supplies are most constrained in areas served by the McNamee Hill Water Tank More neighborhood parks & community centers are desired The need to include on-street parking restrictions in our Snow Emergency Plan was raised
A strong desire for more aggressive code enforcement relating to housing conditions and rubbish removal was raised A joint City/County/State effort is needed to prepare a coordinated plan for future growth in the Willowbrook Road corridor Active neighborhood associations should be established in each neighborhood to communicate neighborhood needs and encourage greater social interaction within each neighborhood
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