Recent Changes to the Draft Plan
The following changes were recently made to the draft West Broad Street Small Area Plan (SAP). These changes were made in response to feedback provided during the March 7, 2016 City Council work session and in response to public comments. These changes are intended to incorporate ideas suggested and to accommodate concerns raised. The draft plan still provides guidance for development of the West Broad Street Planning Opportunity Area (POA) and incorporates ideas developed during the 22 month planning effort.
Defining the West Broad Street Area The West Broad Street Planning Opportunity Area (POA) runs along West Broad Street. Little Falls St and the W&OD overpass bound the area to the east and west. The area includes many of the properties along to West Broad St and some of the properties along to Park Ave.
Why Develop a Small Area Plan? Once completed, the small area plan will provide a vision for redevelopment in the Broad Street POA. This is the fourth Planning Opportunity Area (POA) in the City studied for redevelopment. These opportunity areas are being studied and planned to help guide development in a proactive manner. Planning in advance of development helps the City guide future redevelopment to maximize community benefit and minimize adverse impacts.
How Can I Get Involved? City staff encourage citizen participation and actively engage City residents in preparing small area plans. Future opportunities for public input will be listed on this page. Questions and comments regarding the West Broad Street Area Plan can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Meetings The City hosted a public kickoff meeting on June 21, 2014 to discuss the POA and solicit community input on the future development of the area. The city will host a second community meeting on February 21, 2015 at the Columbia Baptist Church (see details below).
First Meeting, Kickoff The community kickoff meeting for the West Broad Street Area Plan was held on June 21, 2014 at Columbia Baptist Church. The meeting was attended by residents, City Council members, members of City Boards and Commissions, and City Staff. Attendees were split into tables where they had the opportunity to comment on each of four subjects in regard to the area: Community and Culture; Land Use; Parks and Open Space; and Transportation. These comments were then consolidated and general themes from each category were presented at the end of the meeting. Staff has consolidated all of the raw comments as well as created a write-up on the main takeaway themes from each category, which are available below in PDF format.
Second Meeting, Draft Plan
A second community meeting was held on February 21, 2015 to present the draft plan to the public. A presentation outlining some of the key concepts of the Draft Plan was given. The presentation was followed by tabletop discussions facilitated by City staff covering the same topics as the initial community meeting. At the conclusions of the meeting Staff presented some of the key concepts from the tabletop discussions. Following the second community meeting, additional comments were sent from various community groups and City departments.