Please note that this timeline is tentative and subject to change.
In 2020, 20 facilitators, hired by the City, hosted a variety of meetings to discuss the future of Grand Rapids and how the Community Master Plan can better represent and serve its residents. The facilitators were individual community members and representatives from community organizations.
This pre-planning phase of the Community Master Plan process gathered information from the community on the successes of the 2002 Master Plan and sought information on where improvements could be made.
Community Input Phase
The 2002 Master Plan contained common themes such as improvements to neighborhoods, business districts, transportation and culture.
In the coming months, a Steering Committee of community representatives and an external consultant will coordinate a robust community engagement campaign to determine which priorities to include in the updated Community Master Plan. The Steering Committee members are listed below, and the consultant is to be determined.
Many opportunities for discussion will take place to determine how the Community Master Plan will reflect the nuances of today’s needs and the City’s growing and diverse populations. It is likely the new Community Master Plan will need to address issues that have emerged as higher priorities since the previous plan, such as equity, inclusion, sustainability, mobility, housing availability and affordability and reducing the city’s environmental impact.
If you are interested in more information regarding the community master planning process please contact Layla Aslani at firstname.lastname@example.org.