Warren still seeking feedback for new master plan

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 5, 2018

WARREN — If you have thoughts on what development in Warren should look like in the future, city planners want to hear them.

On the heels of a series of public meetings held at locations across the city this summer, officials are encouraging residents to share their vision for the city’s new master plan by taking part in a survey.

The survey is available online at www.warrenmasterplan.org.  Hard copies are also available through the Mayor’s Office and the city’s branch libraries.

“It’s very important that residents have input on how the future of their city is going to look,” Warren City Councilwoman Kelly Colegio said Sept. 25.

Warren’s original land use plan was put in place in 1956 and was amended with a policy update in 1989. The process to update the plan got going this year in June with a series of town hall meetings spread across the city.

The city has hired planning consultants Beckett & Raeder Inc. to tackle the revision. The firm has put together a collection of materials, including a website, outlining the process moving forward.

Information about what worked well and what didn’t work in previous city master plans will be combined with new data about Warren’s population, economy, environment, transportation and other factors. That accumulated data will be weighed against insights gleaned from the public meetings and surveys to create a “big picture” policy document “that guides long-term decision making.”

Jocelyn Howard, who chairs the Warren Planning Commission, took part in a public service announcement on the city’s website stressing the importance of participation in the master plan survey.

“As part of our process, we need to have feedback from our residents as to things we’re doing correctly and what we can improve on here in the city,” Howard said. “Time is of the essence, so please take your survey today.”