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West Trinity Charrette

The Process: Community Input and Involvement

Early October 2017

  • The Planning Department’s Community Design team worked with neighborhood and business leaders to set up a project Steering Committee.

October 17, 2017

  • The Steering Committee met with planners to discuss long-range land use policy, the upcoming charrette, and their role in the process (setting study area boundaries, community outreach, sharing information, feedback loop)

Late October 2017

  • Planners mailed 3,500 meeting notices to property owners in and near the study area. Planners emailed flyers to Steering Committee members and contacts to post and share.

Charrette Week

photo of table discussion

Monday, November 13, 2017

  • The Steering Committee and Community Design team toured the study area and discussed history and opportunities. Noted were existing neighborhoods with quality housing, new housing being constructed, numerous institutions, long-time businesses, opportunities of available sites for development, proximity to the Cumberland River, and views of Downtown.
  • Community participation was strong at a Community Visioning Session, the first discussion to identify big ideas and goals for the area. Planners had to open a second room and set up additional discussion tables to accommodate an overflow crowd of nearly 200.

Visioning Session

photo of hands on map

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • An all-day Open Design Studio provided an opportunity for the public to drop in, see planners at work, ask questions, and provide input as the Community Design Team compiled results from the Visioning Session table maps and worked on a draft vision statement.
  • The Community Design team also held a stakeholder discussion with some area business leaders and commercial property owners, and presented results of the visioning session to the Steering Committee to recap and to check whether planners were missing any important concepts discussed at Visioning Session tables.

photo of planners working on plan

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • The Community Design team worked on major issues/solutions as the Open Design Studio continued, including a vision statement, mobility/connectivity, open space network, assigning policy categories, and sketching concept plan.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

community members reviewing map boards

  • The Community Design team produced graphics, including concept map/policy map, mobility map, and open space map.
  • The team presented initial concepts and results of the Visioning Session to the public (approximately 125 attendees) for initial review and comment. The Team also asked public which important sites should have illustrations (design scenarios) prepared for them.