Building on the momentum of March’s Comprehensive Plan community input opportunities, a healthy crowd once again turned out Wednesday, April 20, at the city’s Leveritt Public Works Building for a discussion of land use, housing affordability, green space, and historic places.
Resident participation was centered on a variety of displays. For example, one detailed jobs in Decatur, as well as what jobs are held by the people who live here. Further data was shown on the range of household incomes and the cost of housing.
Another display illustrated how land is distributed and used within the city’s 4.2 square miles — allowing for historical comparison and for ensuring Decatur remains on track with its goals of creating more housing type options, public gathering spaces, and redevelopment of underutilized properties.
Also among the exercises were five visual preference surveys. Using brightly colored stickers, participants indicated preferred types of mixed-use development, multi-family buildings, and single-family homes. There was also a visual survey for types of public art and gathering spaces worthy of city investment.
Finally, residents were asked to complete a postcard to themselves for delivery in 10 years, wherein they described the Decatur they wished to see a decade from now.