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Input Sought on Draft Lower Boardman River Unified Plan

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 -  The Lower Boardman Leadership Team has scheduled a series of public engagement sessions in order to obtain feedback on draft elements of the Lower Boardman River Unified Plan. All public engagement sessions will be held at City Opera House, located at 106 E Front Street.

Stakeholder Sessions (also open to the public):

  • Recreation Groups, Community Event Organizers:
    Tuesday, July 13, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
  • Sustainability, Fisheries, and Natural Resource Focused Organizations:
    Tuesday, July 13, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
  • Business and Property Owners:
    Wednesday, July 14, 8:30 AM- 10:00 AM
  • Community and Economic Development, Business Focused Organizations:
    Wednesday, July 14, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Open Public Works Session:

On Thursday July 15th, three Open Public Sessions will take place at the City Opera House to gain additional input. These sessions would be conducted in a similar manner to the Focus Groups, only each of the three topics (Physical improvements south of Front Street, Physical Improvements north of Front Street, and Zoning and Policy Concepts) will be discussed together. The morning session and evening session will be facilitated by Smith Group, a lunch session will be held like an open house where people can provide feedback on boards around the room.

  • Morning Session:
    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Lunch Open House:
    11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Evening Session:
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Public Open House:

On August 10th, a summary of the engagement session results will be presented in an open house style meeting where participants can meet face-to-face with the project team. The Open House begins at 5:30 PM

On-Line Feedback and Community Survey:

Individuals who are unable to participate in person can provide feedback on the draft elements of the Unified Plan on the project website beginning on July 13th. In addition, all community members are encouraged to complete an online survey, which can also be found on the project website beginning July 13th.

Pop-Up Meetings:

The Lower Boardman Leadership Team will host a series of pop-up meetings over the last two weeks of July. A full list of pop-up meeting locations and times can be found on the project website.

About the Lower Boardman River Unified Plan:
In 2018, the DDA, in cooperation with a community-led Leadership Team, initiated a planning process to develop a comprehensive plan for the 1.6 miles of the Boardman River that meanders through Downtown. To date, the Leadership Team has worked to complete a comprehensive inventory and understanding of the rivers conditions (above and below the surface), identify through extensive civic engagement, guiding values and a general vision for the future of the river. The Leadership Team has recently completed draft recommendations around zoning regulations and land use, public access, capital improvements and habitat management. Following this summers civic engagement activities, the Leadership team will reconvene and work to develop a final plan for consideration in the fall.