The Westview Community Organization’s Development Committee has been working on a big project for about a year – a master plan for the neighborhood. Neighborhood plans are developed to determine the physical, social, and economic growth and development needs of a neighborhood and help the city allocate money for improvements. As many parts of the city already have plans, Westview neighbors determined it was time to follow suit. The plan the Westview Community Organization puts together will ultimately be brought in front of City Council with the goal of getting adopted into Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).
One step required to have the plan officially recognized by the City of Atlanta is to have a public master planning session. Approximately 1,400 postcards were sent out to property owners in the weeks leading up to the May 15, 2010 master planning session to inform them of the upcoming event. A lot of planning was required leading up to the public event. Members of the Development Committee surveyed every street of the neighborhood, noting the conditions of streets, sidewalks, houses, and locations of street signs, telephone poles, trees, and other important aspects required to establish a thorough plan of the neighborhood. This would create the foundation required for the public input.
On the morning of May 15th residents were encouraged to participate in a walk through the neighborhood to re-familiarize themselves with the different areas of the community. At noon the official meeting started with a presentation about the neighborhood. Residents then split into three different planning groups – commercial, BeltLine and greenspaces, and walkability and connectivity.
Following the master planning session the Development Committee will compile the collected information and input to further develop the plan for Westview’s future.
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