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COVID-19 Updates and Information.
Master Plan Virtual Town Hall - Extended!
Bennett Williams chosen to help Mayor light the Holiday Tree in Snider Plaza.
November 2020 UPdate.
Virtual Snider Plaza Tree Lighting - November 22
Young resident to help Mayor light the Holiday Tree in Snider Plaza.
Wednesday, December 2 at 3:45 p.m. - Virtual Preschool STEAM and Stories.
Thursday, December 3 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Toddler Story - UP Public Library
Friday, December 4 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Baby Story Time.
Wednesday, December 9 at 3:45 p.m. - Virtual Preschool STEAM and Stories.
Thursday, December 10 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Toddler Story - UP Public Library
Friday, December 11 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Baby Story Time.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - City Council Meeting
November 16, 2020
As you know, our Centennial Master Plan is in the early stages of development. This summer, many residents like yourself helped provide guidance on long-term community concerns through an online survey. As the data-gathering phase continues, you now have the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Town Hall!
The Virtual Town Hall will remain available through the end of the week, giving you the flexibility to participate at your convenience while maintaining elements of a traditional town hall. Participants will be guided through this virtual experience with an informational video, slideshow, and interactive exercises.
Tell us what you love about this community and what drives you crazy with an interactive mapping exercise (shown below). Even better, you'll be able to see what your neighbors have already shared! Most participants can expect to spend about 15 minutes completing the virtual experience.
This online format will provide a safe, self-paced experience while maintaining the collaborative nature of this engagement. An alternative option will be provided for those without online access. Contact Amanda Hartwick, Special Projects Coordinator at 214-987-5303 for more information.
Click here for the full exhibits show in the Virtual Town Hall
August 1, 2020
In preparation for the City’s 2024 Centennial, the City Council has asked for the development of a new master plan to assist the community with decisions and policies that will preserve and enhance the city for the next generation.
In August, Council appointed former Mayor Pro Tem Bob Begert committee chairman. Throughout September, residents wanting to volunteer for a spot on the committee had the opportunity to submit an online application. We shared information about the sign-up process in the Arbor and UPdate, on the City’s social media accounts, and on the City’s website.
In October, after a thorough review process, City Council appointed 15 steering committee members and a vice chair. Those selected represent a broad range of ages, expertise and neighborhoods. Applicants not selected for the steering committee will be asked to participate in the development of the plan through focus groups and other tasks during the course of the anticipated 18-month process.
Steering Committee Roster
The last such effort, that took place more than 30 years ago, resulted from one of the most extensive community planning processes ever undertaken. More than 400 residents, as well as City staff, technical consultants, SMU faculty and staff, and other subject matter experts were involved in the development of that plan.
The 1989 Master Plan helped shape the allocation of resources for operational and capital needs, with nearly 200 objectives to accomplish. Of those, a substantial number are ongoing programs that are still in practice today. One example is the City’s mile-per-year replacement of water and sewer mains, which has resulted in the complete replacement of nearly a third of the City’s aging water and sewer mains.
The 1989 Master Plan was formulated with considerable input from residents through use of a steering committee, community surveys, and public listening sessions. An outside consultant supported staff, and the entire process took approximately 18 months to complete. To replicate this success, a similar public engagement process will be used for our Centennial Master Plan.
The 1989 Master Plan keyed on six overall principles: