Downtown redevelopment plan open to public opinion

Published 4:38am Saturday, October 26, 2013

Local residents will soon have an opportunity to offer input on the redevelopment and revitalization of Wetumpka’s downtown and riverfront areas. A public planning workshop is planned for Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at the city’s administrative building.

The workshop will begin with a brief presentation of the planning process to date, the purpose of the workshop, background research findings and results of the public input meeting held Aug. 26.

“Attendees will then break into groups to translate their ideas into draft concept plans to help direct the work of the project team led by The Walker Collaborative,” said David Robison, Wetumpka’s planning and program director. “ The project team will then begin preparing the concept plan using elements of the 2012 plan, recent findings and all public input gathered to prepare a concept plan and plan presentation.”

The redevelopment effort began in late 2011 with an overall plan completed in 2012 and adopted in January 2013 which focused on broad planning principals, catalyst projects and precedents from other locations.

“This is the final phase of the planning process,” said Robison. “The goals for this phase are to refine the existing redevelopment concept and add sections addressing the transportation network and streetscape.”

Using the ideas and information gathered during the Nov. 4 workshop, The Walker Collaborative team will generate the draft concept plan.  Presentation of the plan will be Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at the city administrative building.

Robinson said there will only be only one other opportunity for public input on the redevelopment plan.

“That will consist of a public hearing on a draft of the final plan ,” he said. “The date for this event has not yet been determined but will likely occur in early 2014. “

He encouraged everyone interested in Wetumpka’s downtown and riverfront to attend the upcoming meetings.

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