The Comprehensive Plan public engagement process is kicking off! Destination Duncanville is the City’s first comprehensive plan and a critical part of plan development will be the involvement of property owners, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders in the community. The development of the Comprehensive Plan will start ‘from the ground up’, meaning that community involvement will be the foundation of the plan. There are multiple ways to get involved and to give input to the planning team.
Input Boards – There will be input boards in the foyer of City Hall, at the Duncanville Public Library, the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, and the Fieldhouse for citizens to write down their vision for the future of Duncanville. It is an opportunity to share where you see Duncanville in the next 10 to 20 years. Does it look exactly the same? Is it different? This is a chance to provide candid thoughts on the direction the City should go.
Destination Duncanville Website – As part of the plan development process, a website has been created to disseminate information, gather input, and provide updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan. The website, DestinationDuncanville.com, will be the main source of information for those interested in keeping up on the status of the plan.
Community Survey – On the DestinationDuncanville.com website, is a community survey. The information in this survey will aid the planning team in becoming familiar with Duncanville, its strengths, and its weaknesses from the perspective of its everyday users. It will include questions about the importance of various quality of life aspects of the City and where the City should focus its energy and resources. This survey is voluntary, all information recorded will be kept anonymous and no record of individual responses will be transferred or implied. Your input is vital and greatly appreciated.
Community Wide Meeting – Perhaps the most important way to give input on the Comprehensive Plan is to attend the first community wide meeting that will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center. Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basic understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.
The planning team will also be meeting with various stakeholders in the community to gain further insight into specific topics to be covered in the plan including economic development and Downtown. There will also be opportunities for citizens to provide input on their own through the Meeting in a Box. The Meeting in a Box is a box of resources to allow anyone to facilitate a meeting on their own and provide the feedback to the City. More information regarding the Meeting in a Box will be provided on the DestinationDuncanville.com website and the City website.
The Comprehensive Plan presents an opportunity to demonstrate that Duncanville residents, businesses and elected officials are committed to working together for the best possible future for our community. It is an exciting time for Duncanville and it will require everyone’s participation. Can we count you in?
Updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan as well as information on opportunities for public input will be provided on the City of Duncanville website as well as through the DestinationDuncanville.com website, the Spotlight Duncanville quarterly newsletter and The Champion monthly newsletter.