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Farmington downtown master plan survey seeks public input

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published August 3, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Downtown Development Authority is slated to host a community gathering/open house this month to learn what the public is looking for in updating the city’s downtown master plan.

The event is slated for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Mike Greer Photography, on the second floor of 33316 Grand River Ave. 

During the event, participants will see a sneak peak of master plan design concepts and may discuss their opinions with a member of the DDA Steering Team, according to a press release.

Annette Knowles, assistant to the city manager and DDA executive director, said that the Steering Team has discussed different ideas for potential projects and what they would look like conceptually.

“(We are at) the place in our process where we would like to get feedback and response from the community about what they like and don’t like,” Knowles said. “It’s more about feedback about some of the ideas that will be included in the plan.”

From redevelopment projects to streetscapes, a lot of things are up for discussion.

“We’re at a place where we are hoping to see if we are headed in the right direction,” she added.

There is also an online survey, through Survey Monkey, where people can answer questions about specific conceptual ideas and items proposed in the plan. People don’t need to attend the Aug. 9 meeting to take the survey.

The 15-question survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/FarmDMP2016 and may be taken through Aug. 10, according to a press release.

“It is asking for preferences, habits, demographics — asking about assets and things of that nature, and the purpose for that is to validate some of the discussions that the Steering Team has been having,” Knowles said.

The last time the downtown master plan was updated was in 2009, according to a press release.

The new plan will help direct the next step of public and private investment in the downtown district, the press release said.  

The city of Farmington and the Farmington DDA contracted with OHM Advisors in February for the project. 

“Many of the ideas or projects in the previous master plan have come to fruition. Ordinances were updated. Streetscapes were installed. Studies were completed. Now it’s time to coalesce those resources in a plan that will grow the downtown economy and tax base,” said Mayor William Galvin in a press release. He is also a member of the Farmington DDA.

Members of the Steering Team include  Farmington City Council members Greg Cowley and Steve Schneemann, Planning Commissioners Kenneth Crutcher and David Gronbach, business representatives, Farmington Historical Commission member Laura Myers, DDA board members and more. 

To reserve a spot for the event, call (248) 473-7276 or email aknowles@farmgov.com by Aug. 8.

Light snacks and beverages will be available at the event.

For more information, go to DowntownFarmington.org.