Now that Hamilton has completed the first phase of its Plan Hamilton comprehensive planning effort, there are other steps residents can take to get involved moving forward.
There will be at least four meetings between now and early October, plus the opportunity to volunteer for focus groups on specific topics. The deadline to volunteer for those is Friday.
The topics of the focus groups are: housing & neighborhoods; utilities; parks, recreation & open spaces; land use & development; transportation; economic development; music, arts & culture; and community facilities & culture. There also will be a “big-picture-oriented” Policy Committee that will review the overall policy and direction of Plan Hamilton.
To apply for these positions, go to www.planhamilton.com, click on the “Stay Involved!” button and fill out the application, which can be sent to the city via email.
Residents also can participate by attending these meetings:
1. Ohio 4 Corridor planning meeting
This is for people interested in the future of one of Hamilton’s primary entry corridors, which is filled with auto dealerships, new and used, as well as a variety of retail, hotel and other businesses that Vice Mayor Carla Fiehrer and others have called disappointing.
Attendees will be asked for suggestions about redevelopment and reinvestment in the area.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Miami University Hamilton in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Room B, 1601 University Blvd.
2. Phase 2: Plan Hamilton Framework public meeting
During this public meeting, officials will work with the community to build a framework for Plan Hamilton, with activities on several topics, such as land use, the riverfront and transportation. This work will help establish the plan’s foundation.
“While we haven’t carved the format om stone, we’re looking at having four or five stations that have different topics,” said Wendy Moeller, owner and principal planner of Blue Ash-based Compass Point Planning, which organized the public input meetings.
Those stations likely will include: the riverfront; sidewalks and public transportation; land use reinvestment; and highway corridors, according to Moeller.
People will be able to participate in more than one category.
The public meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.
3. Phase 2: Plan Hamilton Framework open house
People can see the vision, key goals and some of the initial strategies that will form the framework of Plan Hamilton. The city and consultants will use these items to draft the Plan Hamilton report.
The open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.. Because of the open house format, people are free to arrive anytime between those hours.