by Mayor Tammy
It’s probably no surprise that the number one topic I get approached about is growth. It’s happening here and it’s happening across the entire Valley. We all know how awesome Meridian and Idaho are - and now others have discovered us as well. Despite our popularity, it is imperative that we grow responsibly, which takes careful planning.
That’s why our Community Development team has rolled up their sleeves to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The last update was in 2011 and is not due to be revised for a few years. However, with our growth, and the fact that probably 30 percent of our population was not here in 2011, I believe the advanced timeline on this update is critical.
The Comprehensive Plan is a guiding document for growth and future development in Meridian. The Plan will serve as a policy document containing a vision for what we can expect in the future on undeveloped property, including our Area of City Impact. It focuses on the many services offered by the City such as sewer, water, public safety, and parks, as well as plans for land use in regards to where housing, jobs, and services will go. Equally important is working with our community partners that plan and provide for transportation, schools, and libraries.
One of the most important factors of this plan is the viewpoint of our residents. It needs YOUR voice to be successful, which is why our team wants to hear from you! The City’s goal is to update the Plan to illustrate what citizens would like to see in their community, and where they would like to see it. Our planners in the Community Development Department have been attending events and even held a few listening sessions in June, but the work in gathering feedback from the community continues for the next several months! There are four phases to the planning process that is expected to wrap a year from now. Each phase will have a survey with a new focus so be sure to watch for updates! You can follow along at meridiancity.org/compplan.
Up next, we will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 25, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Meridian Boys and Girls Club. It will be completely focused on this Plan update. We will have time for questions and input from attendees. Aside from this event, City Staff will have a table set up at events, listed in the box to the right, to gather input from community members and answer questions.
Now is the time to let your voice be heard! Help us craft a Plan that continues to move Meridian forward – one that is in line with our vision to be the West’s premier community to live, work and raise a family.
Visit meridiancity.org/compplan for more information, to get involved, take a survey today or to find out when our Community Development team will be at local events.
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