The Community Building Institute and Middletown Moving Forward spent a lot of 2016 working on a community visioning project as part of the new City Master Plan process. I’ve identified what we need as far as revenues to pave our streets, provide adequate public safety and provide quality of life opportunities for our residents. The visioning process was designed to go beyond the need and to get to the want. What do we want to be as a city? What amenities are important?
I’ve discussed the project in general several times, but I still get comments from people who didn’t know about the project or didn’t get a chance to participate. The final product of the community visioning project should be presented in February to City Council. That is the beginning, not the end of the discussion.
Here is the community participation opportunities to date. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, look over the project documents as they get published and feel free to add your comments here. It’s YOUR city. What do YOU want?
What If Middletown Community Visioning Process Participation Summary
July 2015 Kick-Off Meeting: 50 participants
Included requests to reach out to stakeholders and online submission form for ideas
Summer 2015 Input Process: 2,500 responses or idea cards
- “I want in my Middletown” input cards distributed at events including Broad Street Bash, First Fridays, Movies in the Park, Arts Festival, and other community events
- Online Survey and input cards available
September 2015- February 2016 Community Conversations: 25 conversations (estimated 150 participants)
- Public sessions and sessions requested by groups
- Promoted through social media, newsletter release, public What If Middletown Facebook page, and word of mouth, examples:
Community-Wide Meeting February 29, 2016: 40 participants
As we get drafts ready for presentation, I’ll post them here and please comment on what you like and don’t like about the project. It’s YOUR town. Speak up!
You can also post comments and ideas on the What If Middletown Facebook page below:
Have a great week!