Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Downtown Community Workshop

Press release sent out by the city for next week's downtown community workshop:

The City of Carbondale and the Downtown Planning Consultant, Houseal Lavigne Associates, will host a Community Workshop
on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 108 in the Carbondale Civic Center. This initial workshop with the consultants is
designed to reaffirm the Downtown Advisory Committee’s (DAC) priority focus areas, introduce the public to the Downtown
planning process, and seek further input regarding desired outcomes and priorities within the established focus areas.

The workshop will consist of a large group format where issues and desired outcomes are identified and discussed with
participants and the consultant team. All are invited to attend and provide vital feedback as the City works with the planning
consultants on the new Downtown Master Plan. The City is requesting input from residents, the business community,
developers and others who have a vested interest in the future of Downtown Carbondale. This is an important process to help
identify Downtown Carbondale’s strengths, opportunities, and future needs from your unique perspective.

The new Plan will build on the outreach and work recently completed by the Downtown Advisory Committee (DAC). When
completed the new Plan will be the product of the community, with its vision and recommendations grounded by valuable
input received from residents. Over the course of the next nine months, residents and Downtown stakeholders will have
numerous opportunities to participate both in-person and online through the project’s website. The new Plan is expected to be
completed in early 2016.
The new Plan will provide a framework for the development of future public policy pertaining to growth, development,
redevelopment, infrastructure improvement and expansion, provision of community services, as well as the conservation and
expansion of cultural and natural resources in the downtown. The Carbondale Downtown Master Plan will serve as the City’s
official guide for land use and development in the Downtown area over the next 15 years. It will act as a “road map,” detailing a
long-term vision and policy agenda for important issues such as land use and development, beautification, parking, pedestrian
mobility, and circulation. Ultimately, the Plan will seek to answer the question, “What will Downtown Carbondale look like in
2030 and how do we get there?”

Members of the public can stay active and aware of the project as it progresses over the summer months by tracking it
through the project website downtowncarbondale.com or access the site from the City’s homepage explorecarbondale.com.
The project website serves as the primary resource for information regarding the Carbondale Downtown Plan, including
meeting announcements, draft documents for review and comment, and summaries of public meeting and outreach events.
In addition, the project website offers a number of online outreach tools for those unable to attend public outreach events
or interested in providing additional feedback. This includes online questionnaires and an interactive mapping tool. The
website is an efficient resource for residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to stay engaged throughout the
planning process and ensure their voice is heard at each step of the project.

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