Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Discovery Month

During the month of October, the planning team will be ramping up our public outreach effort in the community. Prior to Covid-19, the intent was to have the planning team in Valdez for a week to meet with Commissions, City Departments, local organizations, businesses, stakeholders, and the general public during a series of focus group meetings. This was originally called Discovery Week. Despite Covid-19, we will still be hosting these meetings, although remotely, and to accommodate all we have renamed this effort Discovery Month. We will be be hosting focus group meetings during the week of October 12-16 and meeting with Departments and Commissions during the whole month as work sessions. Please keep an eye out for these meetings as they get announced and we hope you can participate remotely with us.




Monday, September 7, 2020

Planning Themes

 The Seven Themes

As the project moves forward and we receive input from the public, stakeholders, and meeting with the CPAC, we are hearing common themes related to the needs and priorities of the community. These seven themes will create the framework for the comprehensive plan as we move forward. As the project proceeds, these may get refined. The seven themes and their supporting visions are below.





Friday, August 14, 2020

Draft Summary of Public Input

The first public meeting was hosted remotely via Zoom on July 23, 2020. During the meeting, the public was asked to provide input on a variety of questions to understand community needs, priorities and opportunities based on the presentation provided by the planning team. In addition to participating live, the public comment period was open for two weeks and the community was able to provide input through the project website or paper copies. In total we received responses from 45 participants. The input received has been compiled into a summary document and provides direction for the CPAC to validate what was heard and understand community priorities. A copy of the draft document can be downloaded below.

Click link to download pdf document


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Public Comment Period Closes Friday, August 7 at 6 pm

Public comment from Public Meeting #1 closes at  at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 7th. 

We encourage you to either view the pdf slide presentation, or watch the recorded version of the live event (1 hour and 45 minutes) for Public Meeting #1 and then provide your input via the Survey Monkey. During the presentation you will be prompted to fill out specific questions related to what was presented. This survey is the same tool used during the live event to collect input. Links to the video, presentation and survey can be found in the previous post.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Materials from Public Meeting #1: Public Comment Open Until Friday, August 7th.

On Thursday, July 23rd, approximately 40 people participated in the live virtual Zoom public meeting.  For those that were not able to participate in the live meeting, you can learn about the project, view the presentation, and provide the same public input as those that attended the live event. All materials from this meeting are posted in the links below.

We encourage you to either view the pdf slide presentation, or watch the recorded version of the live event (1 hour and 45 minutes) and then provide your input via the Survey Monkey survey. During the presentation you will be prompted to fill out specific questions related to what was presented. This survey is the same tool used during the live event to collect input. The survey will remain open for two weeks and public comment will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 7th.


Pdf file of the 57 slides that were used for the Public Meeting

To watch and listen to the Public Meeting (500 MB-large file)

To participate in the public input exercises

Monday, July 20, 2020

Public Meeting Zoom Link

The first public meeting for the Comprehensive Plan Revision will be THIS Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 pm. To participate via Zoom, please copy and pasting the following link into your web browser: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83059264656

Meeting ID: 830 5926 4656

Participation via Zoom video is strongly encouraged to view the presentations and allow public input.

For those wishing to participate via telephone the call in number is:
  • (253) 215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 830 5926 4656
Find your local call in number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbltqS46t4 

For those wanting a paper copy of the presentation and the questions, please contact the Planning Department at: (907) 834-3401.





Wednesday, July 15, 2020

RESCHEDULED: Online Community Meeting: Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 pm

Please join us when we host our first Online Community Meeting on Thursday, July 23 @ 6pm. This will be a Zoom meeting. We will be introducing the Comprehensive Plan Revision and talking about what your role as the public will be in seeing PLAN VALDEZ come to life. There will be a presentation by Corvus Design, Rain Coast Data, and Kittelson & Associates reviewing the demographics and trends of Valdez, and what opportunities the comprehensive plan can build on. A mediator will be involved to collect public input during the meeting and there will be time at the end of the meeting for questions and answers, provide a more in-depth discussion, and to get additional feedback from the community.

The meeting will be recorded and posted on this website to allow viewing of the video recorded meeting and allow the public to provide input for two weeks after the live event. If you are unable to attend or watch the recorded meeting and participate afterwards, you can contact the Planning Department at 907.834.3401 to receive a paper copy of the meeting materials.

We will be posting the link and call in number for the Zoom online meeting 72 hours prior to the meeting on this website.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

*** Tuesday's Public Meeting POSTPONED ***

Due to the recent announcement that the Valdez School District is hosting a public meeting on the same evening, the City of Valdez has requested that the virtual public meeting for the Comprehensive Plan Revision be postponed. A new date and time has not been established. Please watch this website, media, and community calendars for the new date and time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Online Community Meeting: Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00 pm

Please join us when we host our first Online Community Meeting on Tuesday, July 14 @ 6pm. We will be introducing the Comprehensive Plan Revision and talking about what your role as the public will be in seeing PLAN VALDEZ come to life. There will be a presentation by Corvus Design, Rain Coast Data, and Kittelson & Associates reviewing the demographics of Valdez, what opportunities the comprehensive plan can build on, and what the predicted forecasting for the future will be. A mediator will be involved to collect questions and comments throughout the meeting and there will be time at the end of the meeting to answer these questions, provide a more in-depth discussion, and to get general feedback from the community.

The meeting will be recorded and posted on this website if you are unable to attend or you can contact the Planning Department at 907.834.3401 to receive a paper copy of the meeting materials.

We will be posting the link and call in number for the Zoom online meeting 72 hours prior to the meeting on this website.


Monday, June 22, 2020

The Process and Where We Are

The flow diagram below outlines the tasks associated with developing the Comprehensive Plan Revision. It shows points in the project where we expect to engage with the public. As we move through the project, we will update the arrows on the diagram indicating where we are in the process.

Click on the image below for an enlarged version.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Existing Conditions Report

The Existing Conditions Report provides a foundation for upcoming efforts and provides background data and information to support the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The Existing Conditions Report reviews the demographics of Valdez and provide and in-depth inventory of the City’s existing land use, zoning, city guidelines, housing, infrastructure, economic development, and environmental practices. The report lays the ground work to identify potential growth areas, economic opportunities, and challenges. These resources will support community discussion and will direct the planning team in developing the Plan.

The report is broken into two downloadable pdf documents. One for the report and another for the supporting maps. The maps pdf is a large 26 MB download.





Friday, June 12, 2020

COVID-19 and the Public Process

Plan Valdez is a community driven process with direction provided by the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), Planning and Zoning Commission, Planning Department, and the City Manager. Throughout the project there will be opportunities to provide public input on the development of the Plan. 
With Corona-virus (COVID-19) mandates eliminating in-person meetings, the City has moved to online meetings to satisfy community meeting requirements. Public participation has been developed in three formats to allow remote/virtual input and to accommodate those that do not have internet access but would have attended the in-person meetings. The three options for public events include:
  • Live remote on-line meetings using Zoom with a specific date and time to participate live;
  • Recorded version of the live on-line meetings. Videos will be posted on this website and allow participation for two weeks after the date of the live meeting. Public comments will be collected during the two week period; and
  • For those without internet access, paper copies will be provided of presentation materials from the live on-line meeting. These can be mailed out or picked up at the Planning Department. Public comments will be collected during the two week period.
As public meetings are announced, we will post on this website the meeting link for video and a meeting call-in number for audio to allow you to participate live. Recorded videos of the public meetings will be posted on this website within 72 hours of the live event. For those without internet and wanting paper copies, please call the Planning Department at 907-834-3401 to be put on the mailing list. Thank you for your flexibility in the face of Corona-virus.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Project Branding: Plan Valdez

While the Comprehensive Plan Revision is an essential planning tool for the community and the City of Valdez, this project title may not capture the attention of the community. In an effort to create curiosity and interest in the project we have developed a brand for the project:

Keep an eye out for this branding and we look forward to your participation in this project.