Downtown Master Plan process gets underway

Farmington residents will have an opportunity to help imagine downtown Farmington, as the Downtown Development Authority begins the Downtown Master Plan update process.

According to a press release, the DDA recently retained planning consultants from Livonia-based OHM Advisors to shepherd the work.  The last comprehensive revisioning of the Downtown Master Plan, completed in 2004, was adopted in 2005 and incorporated into the City’s Master Plan in 2009. State law requires a review every five years.

Imagine Farmington“The 2004 Master Plan was the catalyst for change in Downtown Farmington,” said Annette Knowles, Assistant to the City Manager and DDA Executive Director. “The plan created a vision for a different type of downtown, with more density and pedestrian-friendly features. We are hoping to build on its successes with this update.”

The project is expected to conclude in late summer or early fall with an updated plan that will be presented to the Planning Commission for adoption.

OHM Advisors was involved in the city’s 2013 Vision Plan and the 2015 Downtown Area Plan.

“The OHM team is pleased to continue to work with the City of Farmington to plan for the future of the downtown,” said Project Manager Aaron Domini. “This project comes at an opportune time as the City considers how to adapt and plan for the downtown in the New Economy, and also helps advance the goals of the recently completed Farmington Vision Plan and Downtown Area Plan.”

A project web site has been created at farmingtonplan2016.weebly.com. A summer community summit or design charette is planned, as well as an online community survey. Information will also be posted on the Downtown Farmington Facebook page.

“The process to complete the downtown plan will involve both stakeholder and general public input, creating a plan that is intuitively informed by the values and aspirations of the community,” Domini said.

The proposed cost of the project, to be split equally between the DDA and the City of Farmington, is $38,500. A Steering Team will meet monthly on the second Thursday at 8 a.m. through July, 2016. To learn more, visit downtownfarmington.org.

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