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City enters phase three of 2030 plan, presents community growth patterns

City enters phase three of 2030 plan, presents community growth patterns

City enters phase three of 2030 plan, presents community growth patterns
October 17
08:59 2013

Joshua Knopp / Staff Writer

City organizers will begin stage three of Denton Plan 2030 at 6 p.m. tonight in the Denton Civic Center.

Leaders will report their findings from the last round of feedback forums in the spring when they collected data on where citizens want to see the city go over the next 20 years.

Another public informational session will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 in the MLK Jr. Recreation Center. A meeting specifically tailored to UNT students will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 in McConnell Hall.

“The city of Denton has done a great job of wanting to get UNT’s perspective,” said Kimberly Reasoner, director of corporate and community relations.

Reasoner is coordinating this event with the city and was also involved in UNT-hosted meetings of the first community forum sessions in the spring.

“I think it’s important for our students and, really, our entire community to give input,” Reasoner said. “You might be living here at that point, but even if you aren’t, there will be other UNT students that follow you. This is really important for our students to have an impact on how they want their city to be.”

Findings from the first community forum hold that citizens generally like Denton’s locations and already-established schools, but think infrastructure is going to be a problem.

“This’ll be the first time the community has seen it,” planning supervisor Ron Menguita said. “Part of the process is not to draft this in a vacuum and get community input. We can’t operate in a bubble.”

During this step of implementing the 2030 plan, Menguita said organizers will communicate possible growth patterns to Denton citizens. Menguita and his team have put together mock-ups of how Denton neighborhoods will develop if we stay the course and have set up several alternative growth patterns that the city could implement.

After the city has gotten feedback on this, they will start developing a plan on how to make sure Denton grows in that direction. Menguita said zoning ordinances, where the government has different regulations for what can be built where, will play a major part in how the city shapes itself.

The city will have help from contracting group Wallace Roberts and Todd in implementing the new plan.

“I think Denton is really great,” said Wallace Roberts and Todd associate Julie Donofrio, who will be present at tonight’s forum. “I think it’s interesting in the context of the DFW Metroplex, because it seems to have a culture in and of itself that doesn’t seem to mirror the communities around there.”

While both the city and the consulting firm have ideas for how to implement the changes citizens want, Menguita stressed that they didn’t know just yet what those changes would be. He said that’s why it is important to get to these meetings.

“We have ideas of how to implement it, but we have no preferred growth yet,” he said. “City council ultimately makes that decision, but they’re going to want to know what the community thinks.”

After the city gathers feedback from this second round of community forums, it will develop a plan for how to put desired changes into effect. After city council gives this plan the go-ahead, the city will start building for 2030 in earnest.

City of Denton resident discusses the strengths and weakness of various proposed zoning plans at a city hall forum in May. Feature photo courtesy of Denton Plan 2030 Facebook page.

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