A comprehensive plan should be a vision of what a community is to be in the future. The process of developing this plan should be a community-wide effort. All interest groups should play a part in delineating this vision. Specific goals and objectives should be developed along with a time frame for implementation. The contents of a comprehensive plan can vary from community to community, but in most cases, a plan should consist of the following elements:
Land Use (both existing and future)
Demographics (existing and projected)
October 21, 2019:
On Monday, October 21, 2019, the consultants and Staff met with the two Focus Groups to help kick-start the visioning process for the Comprehensive Plan. Focus Group Members were asked a series of questions ranging from the physical development; natural environment/open space; transportation; tourism; assets/hidden treasures; and additional businesses, institutions and developments important to the success of Decatur.
The Advisory Committee serves as a review, input, and directional body for the Comprehensive Plan throughout the planning process, with the initial meeting also occurring on October 21, 2019. The Advisory Committee was provided an introductory meeting to the Comprehensive Planning process and was led through a similar mapping exercise, as the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council during their introductory workshop, to determine the overall strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to reaching a long term vision for the City.
October 26, 2019: Decatur 2050 Community Charrette
The consultants provided an introductory presentation on the project: purpose of comprehensive planning, the comprehensive planning process, the community’s role in the process, what the final product will look like, and the next steps following the Charrette. In addition, the consultants lead the participants in table exercises and group discussions and reports.
The objective was to engage participants in the planning process through a number of techniques, including utilizing stations with exhibits, flip charts, post-it notes, etc. for input on specific topics; chips or stickers to allocate development types to areas of the City, colored markers to discuss future development opportunities, image boards to examine future building types and urban design characteristics and keypad polling to determine preferences on a range of concepts.