1. Appoint a Steering Committee for the Comprehensive Plan review process
2. Conduct kickoff meeting with Steering Committee to introduce the project and provide a background on the process, explain its importance and relevance
3. Facilitate workshops for the Steering Committee and the public to present a summary of the baseline analysis and identified opportunities and embark on a visioning exercise
4. Complete the Comprehensive Plan update with City Council approval1. Appoint a Steering Committee for the Comprehensive Plan review process
3rd Quarter Update July 2023
As of Q3, a third public meeting was conducted on June 29. Additionally, there was a Joint Meeting of the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and DeSoto Economic Development Corporation conducted on June 20. The joint meeting discussed the results from the housing and land use sections. Additionally, two new chapters were approved to be included in the project scope with AECOM, which include the Urban Design and Economic Development chapters. A third public survey was also released regarding economic development activities that will be completed in early Q4.
2nd Quarter Update April 2023
In Q2, two public meetings were conducted on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update project. Additionally, there was a Joint Meeting of the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and DeSoto Development Corporation (no quorum of the DDC was available) conducted on February 20, 2023. At the Joint Meeting, AECOM presented the baseline analysis (population, etc.), the housing needs analysis, and the draft vision and goals. Staff is currently exploring an increase in the scope of work to be performed by the project's vendor to add additional reporting and community engagement, public meetings, surveys, an urban design update, and an economic development section to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan project.