Second Midtown-Plaza plan meeting tonight

The Broadway Corridor is just one one several business corridors and neighborhoods included in the boundaries of the Midtown-Plaza plan. Public input into development of the plan continues at a meeting tonight.

Residents of Midtown have another chance to get involved in the development of the Midtown-Plaza area plan.

At a second meeting tonight, the planning team will review the results of the first meeting and then break into small groups to discuss issues in more depth.

John DeBauche of the city planning department said the Midtown-Plaza Plan steering committee reviewed the input from the first public meeting. It has  developed a draft vision statement and five goals that may be used throughout he rest of the planning process.

Vision statement: The Midtown/Plaza Area is a vibrant urban community where neighborhoodsbusinesses, and institutions reinforce one another.   The character and identity of the area creates a special sense of community that attracts lifelong residents.  As the area evolves, respect is given to its historic development pattern and the safeconnecteddiverse, and sustainable environment is enhanced.


  1. Provide integrated modes of transportation (transit, bicycles, pedestrians, automobiles, etc.) to get people from one place to another within and throughout the plan area.
  2. Encourage strong neighborhood identities, personalities, and character while increasing quality housing choices for all stages of life and income levels.
  3. Strengthen an urban development pattern with appropriate density, physical layout, and infrastructure, that integrates the diversity of uses found throughout the plan area.
  4. Support and invest in the existing commercial nodes, while fostering an environment that attracts and retains quality businesses.
  5. Preserve, enhance, and invest in the area’s regional destinations.

DeBauche says tonight’s meeting will be an open house style. Participants will have a chance to participate in groups discussing each of the five goals. They will be asked to further refine those goals and talk about what is important to be included in each one of them.

At the following meeting, DeBauche said, residents will have an opportunity to talk more specifically about how the goals apply to their specific neighborhoods, to Midtown corridors, and centers.

The overall goal of the planning process, he said, it to reach consensus on concepts that will be used to create a new set of city guidelines for land use, zoning, public improvements, transportation, housing and economic development.


Midtown-Plaza Area Plan Public Work Team Meeting, Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at The Kauffman Foundation 4801 Rockhill Road

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