Candler Parkers took a big step at a "Charrette Overview" on May 4 toward completing our neighborhood master plan.
About 70 residents attended the forum, where they were guided by a professional planning team through exercises designed to tease out details on neighborhood priorities. And if you missed it, you can now make your own voice heard
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The next step in the Master Planning process will be a "Draft Plan Community Forum," (7-8:30 pm, May 22, at the Epworth Church Fellowship Hall). At that meeting, planners hope to present draft proposals and more exercises on a wide variety of issues — ranging from land use to traffic calming to the future of our parks.
Then, the planners will cobble together an actual draft plan, which will be made available for online comment and for discussion at a CPNO monthly meeting (tentatively, the June meeting). The trick will be to come up with a draft plan that has broad enough support to gain CPNO approval.
“There really is no science behind it,” said Aaron Fortner, who leads the planning team. “We’ll be putting everything forward to the [CP Master Plan] Steering Committee, and collectively we’ll be deciding what should move forward, what should come out, or what should keep being tweaked to keep seeing if we can get somewhere.”
“The goal of the plan is to document the community conversations that occur throughout the process and to delineate strategies for implementing those recommendations that have broad-based support,” Fortner said.
A refined draft plan should be ready for consideration by CPNO in late summer. And, finally, if approved by CPNO, it would go to the Neighborhood Planning Unit and on to City Council for official adoption.
It’s important to remember that having a Master Plan by no means guarantees that its proposals will come to fruition. But it does provide a roadmap for future decisions within the community, and it's likely to influence city officials as they make policy and funding decisions for the neighborhood and the adjoining areas. It also puts Candler Park in a better position to get money for such improvements as traffic calming, streetscapes and park facilities.
A similar article appears in this month's Candler Park Messenger.