VALPARAISO | The groundwork for developing a vision of the city's future resumes Thursday with the second meeting of the planning committee.
City Planning Director Tyler Kent said the 40-plus members of the committee, which held its first meeting in September, were divided into two subcommittees that have been working for the past two months on developing the branding plan for the vision campaign and how to reach out to all sectors of the public.
This session at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce is not open to the public, but, instead, is meant for the two subcommittees to share their results with the full committee and decide how to move forward from there, Kent said. At least three major public input meetings are planned for January and February.
"Our intent is to have every person in the community get an opportunity to comment on it and tell us what they want the future of Valparaiso to be," Kent said.
ACP Planning and Visioning, a Columbus, Ohio, consultant, is leading the group in this year-long process to create what Mayor Jon Costas has described as a blueprint city administrations can use in making decisions in the coming decades.
ACP is teaming with Burgess and Niple, also of Columbus, which will concentrate on transportation, traffic, utility infrastructure and sustainability issues, and Randall Gross, which will look at economic impacts of the plan. Total cost of the plan is $200,000, which will be spread over two years.