The planning process is kicking off in the fall of 2017 with a goal to complete the master plan by spring of 2018.
Community input will be gathered during a public workshop on November 2, 2017 as well as in a follow-up workshop in early 2018. Online engagement opportunities will be offered throughout the process and all input will be databased for consideration by the planning team.
A technical analysis will be completed to translate development opportunities into realistic and financeable implementation initiatives. A physical assessment will consider existing conditions and infrastructure needs.
Principles to guide development will be prepared that take into consideration findings from the physical assessment, market analyses, and input from stakeholders and the general public.
The final plan will include the overall development plan and implementation plan as well as an investment prospectus and developer package.
Who is involved?
Fairgrounds Redevelopment, LTD was formed to manage the project and have hired the planning consulting firm Planning NEXT to facilitate the process. Leadership from both institutions will be involved throughout the process.
Decision making and project direction
The Steering Committee is a leadership group organized to learn, deliberate, and make decisions. They will review recommendations and make decisions at critical junctures that allow the master plan to evolve.
Input and feedback
Face-to-face workshops, meetings and online tools will offer a variety of ways for the community to give input throughout the five-month process. The first public event, the Fairgrounds to Future Workshop, will be held on November 2, 2017.
Wide involvement for institutional and community partners
Will support and advise throughout the process and provide local knowledge and expertise to the planning process.
External participation from interested community groups
Targeted input and feedback from specific community groups in the area.