These plans, once created, should not be static, he said, “but rather living documents, continuously evolving.”
“It has been far too long since our last plan was updated,” Morris said. “As time passes, variables change.” That, he said, includes demographic and market changes, business opening and closings, new technologies.
“Our strategies and tactics need to reflect these new realities,” Morris said.
Input from residents is an important part of the process, he said.
“Township government and leadership exists to service and provide to the wants of the community,” Morris said. “To write a comprehensive community plan without seeking resident input would not be smart, productive, or achieve satisfactory results.
Public input, including that of residents, businesses and visitors, helps to either validate previous assumptions or to create new goals that weren’t previously considered, he said.
Besides 2006, other revisions to the comprehensive plan were completed in 1981 and 1990. Work on the next plan officially started in September 2019.
As part of the public participation effort by the township, a steering committee made up of approximately 30 residents, business owners and other representatives of religious and school organizations, have met to discuss topics related to the plan and its process.
Miami Twp. held numerous open houses before the pandemic slowed the process. Completion of the plan is anticipated by early next year.
“Unfortunately, we can’t hold in-person open houses at this time, but we’re still working to gather feedback,” he said. “We’ll continue to put out surveys and request information from residents.”
To view land use maps related to the plan and respond to surveys, visit www.planmiamitownship.com.