Framework for the Future
The health and vitality of a neighborhood depends on the ability to plan for its future. If the neighborhood is viewed as a permanent home for families and businesses and as a continuing investment, then steps need to be taken to address changes that will occur. A neighborhood plan is a guide that provides a framework for future decision making.
Goals & Principles
A neighborhood plan contains broad statements about what the residents would like to have happen (goals) and principles they would like to see followed (policies). It also contains suggestions for strategies on how to reach goals. Some possible plan components are:
- Community Vision - Community vision is a description of what the group would like to see the neighborhood look like in the future. The vision should contain goals that the community needs to meet in order to achieve its vision.
- Implementation - Implementation is a prioritized list of actions that need to be taken in order for the neighborhood to reach its goals. This should outline whom is responsible for the action and when it should take place.
- Issue Identification - With issue identification, issues and concerns can be identified through surveys sent to the residents or through a series of neighborhood meetings. The concerns may deal with crime, physical improvements, transportation corridors, preservation of unique features, rezoning, social functions or other special interest concerns such as neighborhood renovation.
- Neighborhood History - A neighborhood history is a brief history of the neighborhood gathered from long-time residents, county archives, old newspapers, etc. This section can tell how and why the area came to be like it is today and what makes it unique.
- Neighborhood Inventory - A neighborhood inventory is a collection of facts about the area, including population, housing, land use and other elements unique to the neighborhood.