Madison Heights Hosting Master Plan “Virtual Open House” Through May 8

Madison Heights Hosting Master Plan “Virtual Open House” Through May 8

(City of Madison Heights, April 25, 2020)

Madison Heights, MI – Despite the current limits on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of Madison Heights have a special opportunity to shape the future of their hometown, with the city welcoming the public to participate in a “virtual open house,” designed to gather public input on the city’s Master Plan. The virtual open house can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or computer at the following link: https://bit.ly/MHOpenHouse2020.

At the online open house, which will be accessible through May 8, city officials are sharing information they have collected about the city, and are seeking input from residents on how to make Madison Heights an even better place to live, work, and play.

This open house follows a kickoff meeting that was held last October and included the City Council, Planning Commission, Downtown Development Authority and Parks & Recreation Board. The city held a community open house for the Recreation Plan on December 12, 2019.

“As we develop this Master Plan and envision the long-term future for our great city, it’s essential that we keep our residents informed, and also seek their input about how they see the future of Madison Heights,” Community & Economic Development Director Barry Hicks said. “We’re excited to conduct this open house online and hope that maybe we can reach even more residents than those who might come out to City Hall. It’s a great opportunity for people to learn about the community and speak their mind, so we can work collaboratively in this process.”

A Master Plan is a big-picture, long-range document developed to guide policy and decision-making about how land in the city is used for housing, transportation, commerce, and recreation. Madison Heights leadership are studying existing conditions, as well as exploring trends that may change over the next 10-20 years, as they develop the plan.

Among topics to be discussed as part of the Master Plan are housing, thoroughfares and redevelopment sites.

Jill Bahm from Giffels-Webster — a Michigan-based civil engineering, planning, and land surveying firm that is consulting with the city on its plans — said input from residents always improves the quality of a master plan.

“We’ve seen over the years how important resident input is to a truly successful and forward-thinking Master Plan coming together,” Bahm said. “These are people living in the city every day, who can offer a real-life perspective about how changes would affect them, and can offer true insight.“

“When presented with the challenges related to public gatherings, our team had to regroup and figure out another way to keep the development of the Master Plan moving forward so as not to lose momentum and interest,” Bahm added. “We think this online opportunity adds another dimension to the process and I encourage the people of Madison Heights to visit the virtual open house and offer their thoughts on the city’s future.”

Bahm noted that the public will have additional comment opportunities as the process continues through summer and into fall.

Giffels Webster is assisting the city with developing a plan that is engaging, understandable, and complete with clear implementation strategies to help the community move forward to achieve its vision and goals.

More information about the updates to the Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Plan can be found at this link: http://bit.do/MHplan2020.

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