Draft Comprehensive Plan Community Meeting
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The comment period for the Draft Comprehensive Plan Revision will be extended and coordinated with the scheduling of a public meeting. The public meeting in early-mid June will allow the public another venue to provide input. The date has not been confirmed; however, the comment period will be extended to include the public meeting. The public is still encouraged to provide input digitally via SurveyMonkey. The links to provide comments can be found within the previous posting below. Once a date has been established for the meeting, it will be posted on the project website and advertised throughout town.
The release of the draft Comprehensive Plan Revision will be held as part of a special Joint Work Session with the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council on Thursday, April 29th at 6 pm at the Council Chambers. At the meeting, the planning team will provide an update on the planning effort and an overview of the draft document. The public is welcome to attend and a link for attending virtually will be posted here next week.
Paper copies of the draft plan will be made available at the Planning Department counter on April 29th and a digital copy will be available for download on this website on the same day.
The public comment period will be open for 21 days and opens on April 29 and closes on May 20. A comment collector will be made available to the public to gather your input and made available on this website and at the Planning Department.
The planning team has been developing the actionable items for each of the themes based on input from the public meetings, focus groups, CPAC, and working with the City staff and departments. These have recently been submitted to the City for first review and will be going to the CPAC for approval in early April. We are still on track for releasing the draft comprehensive plan revision to the public in late April and hosting a public meeting to receive input. We will announce the meeting date shortly after CPAC approval in mid April on this website and other media formats.
Below is an updated graphic that shows where we are in the planning process. The team is actively developing the Draft Comprehensive Plan Revisions that will be released to the public in April. Between now and April, the chapters of the plan will be shared and refined with the CPAC and Planning and Zoning Commission for review and continuity.
The following outlines the seven themes and the draft goals that support each of the themes. As work on the project continues it is expected the goals may be refined, however the intent is to remain. The goals are meant to be general in nature and will allow for the development of specific actions that support these goals.
Theme: Livable Built Environment
Creating an attractive community by effectively integrating daily activities – residence, work, education, culture and leisure – into a high quality and diverse environment.
Goal: Plan for responsible growth and the creation of safe, authentic, and complete neighborhoods;
Goal: Promote, protect, and build quality housing that meets the needs of the community including range of incomes, housing types, locations, and needs;
Goal: Encourage appropriate redevelopment and new development; and,
Goal: Preserve and create park and public open space that celebrates the community’s heritage, cultures, history, and active lifestyle.
Developing a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation network to support future generations’ health and mobility needs, enhance economic vibrancy, and improve local and regional connectivity
Goal: Advocate for and participate in initiatives to improve regional connectivity across multiple transportation modes including air, water, and road;
Goal: Develop a safe, convenient, and linked multi-modal transportation network to neighborhoods, destinations, and services;
Goal: Create a street network that facilitates all modes of transportation in a safe and efficient manner, year-round; and,
Goal: Maintain and expand reliable internet connectivity to facilitate activities and economic opportunities.
Theme: Thriving, Stable, and Sustainable Economy
Proactively planning for and adapting to economic cycles and industries that continue to change and evolve.
Goal: Continue to expand upon Valdez’s core industries and status as a premier port community;
Goal: Pursue a diverse and self-reliant local economy through working with local industries, workforce, education systems, entrepreneurs, and businesses to retain and attract businesses and residents who want to work and live in Valdez, year-round;
Goal: Promote the community as a year-round visitor and recreation destination while effectively balancing the benefits; and,
Goal: Develop and attract the professional, technical, skilled, entrepreneurial, and creative labor force that supports Valdez’s economy.
Theme: Healthy Living
Incorporating health, services, and vibrant activity centers (active living, arts and culture, health and human services, and education) to lay the groundwork for generations to come.
Goal: Support safe, equitable, and convenient access to services including healthcare, education, childcare, wellness, and social support;
Goal: Foster inclusivity and equity through recognizing and addressing issues of cultural, racial, socioeconomic diversity, and accessibility; and,
Goal: Encourage community health and wellness through providing quality parks and recreation facilities, and a variety of amenities and programs to lead active lifestyles, year-round.
Theme: Environmental Stewardship
Responsibly using and protecting the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.
Goal: Identify, protect, and develop management strategies for the community’s natural resources, critical habitats, and subsistence and recreation lands that can be maintained for current and future generations;
Goal: Minimize the community’s impact on the environment and public health from pollution, hazardous materials, storm water, sewage, and solid waste; and,
Goal: Promote responsible and efficient use of resources and materials including energy consumption, waste reduction, disposal, and recycling.
Theme: Adaptable and Resilient
Responding to, adapting, and growing under changing conditions and disruptive threats related to natural or human-caused hazard events including pandemics.
Goal: Plan for and reduce the community’s vulnerability from extreme weather events and natural hazards including landslides, flooding, avalanches, earthquakes, tsunamis, significant precipitation, and other events;
Goal: Plan for and adapt to impacts and opportunities related to climate change to create long term community resiliency;
Goal: Prepare for natural and manmade disasters to minimize impacts to Valdez’s health and welfare, economy, services, and the built environment; and,
Goal: Assist in developing strategies, programs, and infrastructure that promote community self-sufficiency and independence.
Theme: Collaborative, Accountable, and Transparent
Engaging with community stakeholders, communicating clearly about how and why land use decisions are made and reporting back using performance metrics on the impact planning decisions are having on implementing the vision for the community.
Goal: Provide clarity, accountability, and transparency related to the development of policies, decision making, and public involvement, including effective communication with the public; and,
Goal: Foster equity in planning policies, procedures, and plan development by creating an inclusive, predictable, and engaging environment where the public’s input is valued.
We would like to welcome Anna Bateman, Cherise Beautus, and John Fannin to the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC). These members have been approved by the City Council. We have enjoyed working with Anna who joined us late last year and look forward to working with John and Cherise. We would like to thank Jessica McKay for her valuable input and wish her well as she departs town for new opportunities.
The community participated in a public survey during the month of December and we received 468 responses. Thank you so much for the great response. The findings of the survey can be downloaded as a pdf at the link below. This survey is one of six different forms of public engagement that were developed and will be used in the refinement of the Comprehensive Plan Revision; and is not intended to be the sole source of community direction. The CPAC and City Council recently reviewed and approved the findings. We hope you enjoy reading the results.