CLAYTON — An initial draft of the city of Clayton’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan was discussed during a public workshop session attended by a crowd of approximately 60 people Thursday.
Mayor Joyce Deitering greeted those attending and made the opening address.
“As you know, this is an ongoing process and we are still continuing to take comments from the public because we want to know what everybody thinks,” Deitering said. “We’ve already made some changes to the plan in the area of industrial, which was brought to our attention, as well as the parks.”
Jack Kuntz, director of development, introduced members of Eugene, Oregon based The Urban Collaborative, which specializes in master planning, urban design and architecture.
“Tonight, we have The Urban Collaborative here to give a presentation on the draft of the update to the 1999 Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” Kuntz said. “This was a project that was started over a year ago when staff went out and applied for a grant through Montgomery County Land Bank to do an update to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, because the last time it was updated was 1999 and it is supposed to be update approximately every 20 years.”
Clayton sent out a Request for Qualifications across the country for consultants to submit qualifications and interest in updating the plan. From the applications that were submitted, Clayton chose between three and five applicants to come in for interviews. Based on those interviews, city staff recommended to city council to hire The Urban Collaborative to work on the plan.
“We are really happy to be here and very happy that so many people came out tonight to listen to the presentation,” said Tricia Kessler, project manager for The Urban Collaborative. “As the mayor said, this is part of a process that began in November. I have seen a lot of you already during parts of this process and I am glad so many of you are here for this part of it. What we have done when we created this draft plan, it was based on the input that we have received from the community so far. For the next steps of the plan we can’t continue without more input from the community, and that is what we are looking for tonight.”
Kessler told those attending that they would have the opportunity to fill out forms to submit to The Urban Collaborative, or to submit to City Planner Jennifer Barclay.
Mark Gillem, the principal of The Urban Collaborative, made the main presentation on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan draft. He pointed out that the creation of these types of plans involve a “swing and a miss” and at other times it is a “swing and a hit.”
“That’s what we are going to be talking about tonight. Where did we think we did right, and where did we miss and what is going to be changing,” Gillem said. “In the end, it’s all about planning. Whether it’s planning for a successful baseball game or planning for a successful community.”
He noted that Kessler and Dale Mason, members of The Urban Collaborative team, live in the area and he also noted Clayton’s rich history.
“Why do we plan? So that you have a say in your community so that it grows, or changes or shrinks the way that you want it to,” Gillem stated. “Those plans need to be consisted with the community’s vision for the future.”
Residents can provide feedback through an online survey on the city’s website (www.clayton.oh.us) and can also download and review the Plan Clayton Update by clicking on a link on the city website.
TO BE CONTINUED…