On March 21, 2011, Decatur’s City Commission unanimously adopted the 2010 Strategic Plan, capping a year-long community discussion that engaged a record 1,500 Decaturites. The result is an ambitious update of the City’s Strategic Plan that will guide decision-making for the next 10 years and beyond… [cont.]
At the Drop-By Open House on Monday, January 31, residents got a good look at the latest steps towards an update of the City’s 10-year Strategic Plan. The process is fast approaching finalization, thanks to a record-level of community participation over the last year.
Next up: A final report that will represent a refinement of the draft content presented on the Open House display boards, integrating comments and addressing questions from citizens Monday night… [cont.]
February 1st, 2011 at 12:26 pmComments OffRead More
After almost a full year of collaboration — collecting ideas, weighing trade-offs, measuring applicability to city goals, and evaluating feasibility — a decade’s worth of proposed Strategic Plan projects is now ready for community review. And, as came up frequently during Decatur Next meetings and has been discussed informally around town, a circulating shuttle is among those proposed.
Now, again, we turn to you. Join us for our Drop-By Open House Monday, January 31, between 6 and 9pm at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. Review the full list, along with background on the process that got us here, and levy your own opinions… [cont.]
January 27th, 2011 at 12:53 pmComments OffRead More
Decatur’s march towards a new, ten year strategic plan took an admittedly slow and methodical step forward Saturday, December 4th, during our Open House at Agnes Scott. Over the course of three hours, city residents dropped by to review a rough draft of the plan’s Principles and Goals… [cont.]
December 7th, 2010 at 5:17 pmComments OffRead More
With our final Community Academy session behind us, the Decatur Next process now moves on to its third and final phase: Taking all that input, all those ideas, and boiling them down to a coherent framework, with specific recommendations.
Why is that important? Because, by organizing all that data as a series of broad principles, detailed goals and, ultimately, a to-do list of projects to be tackled over the next ten years, we end up with something measurable… [cont.]
December 2nd, 2010 at 2:58 pmComments OffRead More
Over the course of both the round tables and the Community Academy sessions, a consistent theme has emerged: Higher density development can be a potentially valuable tool towards many of our emerging goals (greater housing affordability, greater choice in housing types, reallocation of tax base, and a thriving commercial core among them), but only if it is reserved for our core growth areas, and designed and built in specific ways… [cont.]
November 24th, 2010 at 1:07 pmComments OffRead More
Let’s start with the givens: Decatur is a fairly dense, compact and mixed-use kind of town. And while the definitions of those terms may have evolved somewhat over time, that’s what we were historically and that’s the basis for who we are today… [cont.]
November 16th, 2010 at 4:45 pmComments OffRead More
Did you know Decatur’s tax base has a higher residential percentage than most anywhere else around? That means it’s our property owners who foot the bulk of the bill.
It’s most likely not talking out of turn to assume there’ll be increasing pressure over time to maintain or, even better, reduce our individual tax burdens. But how, exactly, does that work? If our revenues don’t come from homeowners, where will they come from?… [cont.]
November 3rd, 2010 at 5:38 pmComments OffRead More
Matching the commitment of our first Community Academy session, around 60 residents gathered Monday night, October 25, to take on some key “Lifelong Community” goals — affordability, diversity and choice — from the round table sessions earlier this year.
In short, they gathered to determine how Decatur could offer options for anyone who wants to join our community, and that anyone already here be able to stay as long as they’d like… [cont.]
October 27th, 2010 at 12:01 pmComments OffRead More
Over the past ten years a lot has changed around Decatur, including our residents. We’ve seen an internet savvy generation come of age, looking for—and expecting to find—online ways to participate in city government. So in response, we’re using this 2010 Strategic Plan Update to try out something new: a dedicated and interactive project website. Now, in addition to the rigorous series of in-person Round Tables that will characterize the larger effort (more on that below), we’ll also be posting information here, as it happens, for your review and discussion.
Your first question is probably “What’s this got to do with me?” The answer: Plenty. Ten years ago, nearly 500 Decatur residents came together to set the course for 2000’s first decade, and the resulting Strategic Plan laid out the roadmap for some of our greatest success stories. It influenced our priorities, our infrastructure decisions, our approach to growth, the services and programs offered by city government, and the ease with which we’re able to come together in the comfortable exercise of community.
In short, the Strategic Plan has guided the decisions that affect all of us on a daily basis. Now, ten years later, it's time to ask the question, "Where to next?".
We need your help to find out.
It begins with your commitment to four meetings. That’s it. Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be compiling an army of folks like you with an interest in our city’s future. You'll gather in one, huge kick-off meeting and then, thereafter, meet with an assigned Round Table group three times over a period of six weeks.
You’ll share your take on life in Decatur. Where you think we’re on track and where we’ve stumbled. What you’re concerned about, and what ideas you have moving forward.
From the chorus of voices, trends and priorities will begin to emerge which, later this year, will be used to set out a new ten year program of goals and initiatives: our Strategic Plan.
We've met over 80% of the goals in our last Strategic Plan. That’s an amazing accomplishment and, according to Mayor Bill Floyd, "a testament to the aggressive—yet realistic—directives provided by our citizens ten years ago."
A high bar, to be sure, but one we can exceed if we put our minds to it. Please lend your time—and your voice—to this effort. Take a look around this site, share your comments, and commit to take part.
DONE AND DONEDecatur's 2010 Strategic Plan has now been adopted. Review the finalized documents here.