Everett begins “community visioning process” to develop master plan
EVERETT – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and the City of Everett will kick off a new Everett Community Visioning Project in May, with the first in a series of community gatherings for Everett residents to share ideas about the city’s future.
The first meeting will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Edward G. Connolly Center located at 90 Chelsea Street.
The visioning project is one of two major initiatives starting this spring, both aimed at creating a better future for all Everett residents.
With the visioning project, the Department of Planning and Development will work with MAPC, various community organizations, and Everett residents to create an inclusive and comprehensive “Community Vision” for Everett’s future. The Community Vision will take into account the needs and desires of all Everett residents, and will lay the groundwork for a future Everett Master Plan.
The other upcoming project, a Lower Broadway planning project, will have the city teaming up with Sasaki Associates to prepare a detailed plan for the future of the Lower Broadway area of Everett.
The Community Vision plan will explore residents’ thoughts about a wide variety of topics, including: new development, transportation, jobs, community facilities and services, housing, education, parks, recreation, public health, neighborhoods and public safety.
The plan will include short and long-term actions that the city can take to improve conditions, including how to best allocate Community Development funds.
The most important aspect of the visioning project will be a series of community gatherings and city-wide meetings. These gatherings will give residents a chance to share their thoughts about the present and future of Everett in an informal, comfortable setting, and will be developed in partnership with community organizations in order to attract participants that represent the diversity of Everett – which includes sizeable Hispanic, Haitian, Brazilian and Arabic populations, as well as large contingents of youth, seniors, those with disabilities, and long-term residents.
The May 7 event is co-sponsored by A Better Tomorrow Services, Inc. and will be conducted in Haitian Creole and English. Additional community gatherings will be scheduled during the next few months. MAPC will be working closely with established community organizations in Everett to ensure that all residents have an opportunity to participate. All residents are welcome to attend any of the meetings.
The Everett Community Visioning Project is being funded through a Sustainable Communities Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) via MAPC.