Monthly Archives: March 2013

Guiding Principles

The Committee is developing guiding principles upon which the “small area plan” for our area will be based.  Four subcommittees are considering land use, transportation, community character, and safe pedestrian connections.  Much attention has been paid to the undeveloped parcels near Estes Drive and MLK.  Discussions have touched on identifying possible new uses that would not cause additional traffic clogging this major intersection.  Also discussed has been new street connections, connecting existing ones, and changing existing uses in the area.

The next opportunity for community input will be on April 4th.  At this meeting the steering committee will continue discussions in subcommittees.  Public comment is allowed at each of these subcommittee meetings.  On April 9th the entire steering committee will discuss the small group guiding  principles.  The staff is planning another opportunity to hear from the public.

The public is invited to comment on the drafts out there so far. Megan has asked that comments be sent by noon April 2 to her. Go here to see the drafts.

First Central West Workshop

Community members proposed and the Town Council agreed to adopt a model for a small area plan for our area (see map) that will include input from the community on a regular basis.  The so-called “accordion model” was designed so that all interested community members can give input at an early stage in the process. 

In this spirit, the  Central West Focus Workshop was held March 2 from 9 to 1 pm at University Mall. About seventy people participated,  including a number of Town staff, members of a high school civics class, 17  steering committee members and fifteen residents from the impact area. The Town-hired consultant will share the results of the input received.