The City and its consultants have designed a public engagement program to capture residents’, property owners’, and other invested stakeholders’ opinions, preferences, and visions for the community’s future. Public engagement will be focused during the Spring and Summer months of 2019, with the centerpiece being a week-long Charrette. See below for a list of engagement activities—we hope you can participate in one or more of these initiatives!
During May, June, and October, 2019, online and hard copy surveys will be made available to residents and property owners. The surveys will begin with a focus on general topics related to planning to give the City’s consultant team ideas of strategic issues for further analysis and exploration. Then, the next surveys will pay more particular attention to targeted topics that arose during the prior survey(s) and in-person engagement activities.
The centerpiece of the public engagement program is a week-long Charrette from May 14th through the 21st. Residents won’t want to miss this exciting event with public presentations, meetings focused on specific topics, targeted stakeholder meetings, and other methods of engaging Birmingham residents and property owners. These activities will be recorded for those who aren’t able to participate in some or all of the scheduled events. Charrettes are periods of intense design and public engagement, during which future plans are developed with stakeholder input and review. This design process has been used with great results worldwide, including during the development of the Birmingham 2016 Downtown Plan in 1996.
To provide a chance for residents and others to view the results of the charrette and to receive further in-person input, the planning team will open up a drop-in clinic at 255 S. Old Woodward from 9AM – 7:30PM on July 8th through 10th. This will be an opportunity to chat with the planning and design team and check-in on progress of the planning effort.