|City Plan Kickoff Draws High Interest|
|Residents packed the room to learn more about the Fort Thomas Community Plan.|
by Robin Gee
Fort Thomas residents packed the room for the official Fort Thomas Community Plan kickoff meeting on September 25. Nearly 50 residents were in attendance.
Mayor Eric Haas welcomed community members who had come to the meeting to learn more about how they could be involved in the planning underway as part of a citywide visioning process.
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Six working groups or committees have been formed. Each include a member of city council, a community liaison, city staff and consultants who serve as technical advisers.
The goal of the kickoff meeting was to bring interested community members onto the committees and to set initial meeting times and goals.
The six committees include Land Use and Zoning, Transportation and Connectivity, Parks and Open Space, Utilities and City-owned Facilities, Regional Partnerships and Collaboration, and Funding and Implementation.
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Formulating a planFrank Twehues, engineer at CT Consultants, presented a brief outline of the committees, ideas and possible goals to help the group get started. He was joined upfront by Chris Manning of Human Nature, landscape architects. Other consultants present included Kristin Hopkins, Rob Hans and Robert Seitzinger of CT Consultants and Sara DiLandro of Human Nature.
Twehues said the time is right to revisit the city’s plan. "The last time the comprehensive plan had a real update was in 2005," he noted. "Demographics are different. What people are looking for is different. It’s time to make a strong community plan."
"This is a really unique process in Fort Thomas. Not every community invests this kind of time and energy into developing a whole community plan," he said.
|The Land Use and Zoning Committee gets down to business with Councilmember John Slawter and CT Planner Kristin Hopkins.|
The work will be divided into three phases: awareness, exploration and vision, Twehues said. The plan is to have recommendations ready to move forward within a year.
Overall, the charge for the committees it so "formulate a draft plan that reflects the needs and desires of the community," he said. The initial work of each committee will involve assessment of what is already in place, review of previous plans and examination of resources, all part of the awareness phase.
After the overview presentation, participants broke into the six committee groups to discuss goals, meeting times and other logistics.
Residents can get involved by joining a committee, but other opportunities will include public surveys and public hearings as the process unfolds. Information about committee meetings will be posted on the city website.