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home : news : news Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5/31/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Got any ideas for DeWitt? Share them

By Linda Watson
News Editor

eople with ideas for the future of DeWitt are invited to share them as the city develops a new comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan is the document that guides future development, growth and land use in the city.

By gathering public input, the city wants to ensure the plan represents the ideas and values of residents and property owners.

The plan was last updated in 1996, city administrator Steve Lindner said.

While much has been accomplished since that time, many "desires and wishes of the residents are similar and the driving forces are still there," he said.

There are two ways to participate - by filling out a survey and by voting at a public workshop.

First, the city asks residents to submit responses to six questions and turn them in by June 18.

1. What should be done to improve the city of DeWitt's economy?

2. How should the city improve its culture, recreation and the arts for its residents?

3. What should be done to improve housing in the city?

4. What should be done to improve transportation within the city?

5. How should the city's community and public facilities and infrastructure be improved or expanded?

6. What should be done to make the city a better place to live?

Responses should be submitted by email to Steve Lindner, city administrator, at , mailed to City of DeWitt, PO Box 407, or dropped off at city hall, 510 9th St, DeWitt, IA, 52742.

Submissions must be signed and must address one or more of the questions by number and be clearly explained. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. The responses will be examined, compiled and combined as necessary.

Next, the city invites residents to attend a voting workshop to consider the submitted ideas from noon to 7 p.m. June 30 at the DeWitt Community Center. Residents may stop by at any point during the workshop to vote on the ideas and responses they believe are the best for the community.

The submitted ideas will be displayed around the room and participants will vote for their favorite ideas by placing stickers on them. The ideas will not show the names of the people who submitted them. However, city officials will be present to clarify and explain the ideas.

After that, the city council and planning and zoning commission will review and discuss the results at a meeting tentatively scheduled July 14. With their guidance, the ideas will be reflected in the new comprehensive plan to guide future city development.

The city's summer planning intern, Kevin Randle, is assisting with the comprehensive plan update, which will be completed next fiscal year by city staff.




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