Throughout 2020, the City of Smithville is undertaking an update of the Comprehensive Plan. This plan is a foundational document that guides land-use and planning decisions over the next 10 years. It also helps guide the evolution of the community and how it looks and feels. The Plan will be a thoughtful, achievable and sustainable roadmap for community aspirations for the future. This process has a strong emphasis on community input and engagement. All details of the process including results of work to date, and the draft maps and plans can be found at the project portal. The portal is the ‘go-to’ place for the Comprehensive Planning process and is updated on a weekly basis.
Visit the City of Smithville Comprehensive Planning portal
About the Comprehensive Planning Process
The process will involve significant engagement with the community by means of Task Forces and public sessions and will specifically seek to include the youth voice. To provide continuity to the recent planning process, the Smithville 2030 Comprehensive Plan will center its planning elements around the five strategic pillars that emerged from the visioning and strategic planning process:
Continued commitment to education
Enhanced recreation and connectivity
Diverse housing and neighborhood options
Strengthened business and economic development
Retention of small-town feel and sense of community
The previous planning project, City of Smithville Vision and Strategic Action Planning process (held in 2019) can be viewed at https://lab.future-iq.com/city-of-smithville/ This process led into the City of Smithville 2030 Comprehensive Plan in 2020.
The Smithville 2030 Comprehensive Plan will guide community decision-making for the next 10 years. The Plan will be a thoughtful, achievable and sustainable roadmap for community aspirations for the future. For more details about the process https://lab.future-iq.com/city-of-smithville-comprehensive-planning-process-2020/about/overview-comprehensive-planning-project/
The City of Smithville Comprehensive Plan Launch Event
On January 13, 2020 approximately 40 local stakeholders attended the City of Smithville Comprehensive Planning Launch. This event marked the launch of the process and included:
Recap from the Vision and Strategic Action Plan and Pillars
Introduction to the Comprehensive Planning Approach and Process
Breakout into Interactive Working Groups
Close Out and Next Steps
View Slide Deck from the Launch at https://lab.future-iq.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Smithville-Comp-Plan-Launch-13-Jan.pdf
After the Launch event, Covid-19 hit and we had to rethink how to conduct our community engagement section of the Comprehensive Plan process. We decided to go virtual and it has been very successful.
Task Force groups have been set up in areas that relate to the five strategic pillars. Virtual sessions were held in late July. Another round of Task Force sessions will be held from Monday 31 August through to Thursday 3 September View these task force groups and registration details at https://lab.future-iq.com/city-of-smithville-comprehensive-planning-process-2020/task-forces/
Discussion Topics have been created, which relate to the five strategic pillars and can be viewed at https://lab.future-iq.com/city-of-smithville-comprehensive-planning-process-2020/task-forces/
Please get involved in the Comprehensive process. There are so many ways for you to engage in this process for the future of Smithville.
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