The Hobart Comprehensive Plan Update will comprise three phases each with key tasks and community engagement elements. Phase 1 findings and Phase 2 concept plans will be presented at multiple community events and meetings to gain input and refine the planning vision, goals and policies.
The Lakota Group, known for its “Min-Mid-Max” approach to development planning, involves presenting multiple concepts for subareas or key sites to help community leaders, residents, and other stakeholders visualize the physical scale, character, and context of new development.
The Team will generate additional strategies and solutions for enhancing the city and its subareas, downtown, and key corridors. The summary of findings and development concepts will be further refined and create the foundation for the Comprehensive Plan. The ideas, concepts, and strategies must be sensitive to the multiple needs of the community and responsive to its land use, environmental, physical and market constraints and overall revitalization potential. With a focus on economic development, enhancing community spaces and overall quality of life for Hobart residents and visitors, the new Comprehensive Plan will serve as the primary tool for the community and decision makers to achieve the vision.
The focus of Phase 1 is to establish a dynamic community planning process that involves a wide range of community stakeholders, committees, and public agency representatives, and to create a comprehensive information base and analysis maps to facilitate discussion and understanding of existing conditions. The information and maps produced during this phase will determine and clearly define project constraints, weaknesses, strengths and opportunities, as well as form the basis for developing the Comprehensive Plan.
During this phase, the Lakota team, together with city leaders, property/business owners, and residents, will generate a land use strategy and a range of comprehensive planning ideas and concepts through visioning sessions and workshops. From this idea exchange, a series of planning options will evolve that address community planning issues, housing, economic development, downtown and neighborhood improvements, natural resources and open space, thoroughfares and mobility.
In Phase 3 we will prepare the first draft comprehensive plan. The first draft plan will serve as the basis for conducting a final community open house to solicit additional feedback and input. After gaining city, community and stakeholder input, we will prepare a second draft plan and implementation strategy. After additional input from the Steering Committee, a final plan will then be prepared and presented to the Plan Commission and City Council for review and adoption.
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