Remsen prepares to update comprehensive plan

Monday, June 12, 2017

REMSEN — The City of Remsen, along with SIMPCO, is seeking public input to help update Remsen’s Comprehensive Plan.

“We delivered a proposal to update the Remsen Comprehensive Plan in January,” SIMPCO Regional Planner Nicole Peterson said. “The impetus for the plan update proposal was that the Remsen Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2005, over 10 years ago.”

There will be a public visioning session to kick off the process at 6 p.m., June 21, at the City Gymnasium, 205 Fulton St.

Citizens interested in adding their input to the process are asked to fill out a 30 question survey, available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Remsen2017, to help facilitate discussion.

The survey questions range from where citizens would like to see housing development to how often they frequent Remsen businesses.

“Survey questions were drafted with the comprehensive plan chapter topics in mind and example questions from other community survey’s and plans,” Peterson said.

The proposed chapters of the plan include the Introduction; Community Context; Land Use; Housing and Neighborhoods; Economic Development; Transportation; Community Facilities and Services; Parks; Recreation and Natural Resources; and Implementation.

“We anticipate seven to eight total meetings,” Peterson said.

The hope is for a large turnout at the visioning session, according to Peterson.

“Participants will be asked questions to facilitate discussion in each topic area,” Peterson said. “Discussion format will depend on the number of people in attendance.”

Peterson added the process, which started in March, is expected to take about 10 months.

Peterson stressed to make the update as comprehensive as possible, public involvement will be crucial.

“Public participation in planning is integral to the democratic process and an essential part of American culture,” Peterson said. “Citizen participation informs decision makers of the social context of the community and public opinions. Public participation can improve public projects and the quality of decisions through knowledge sharing.”

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