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Residents meet with city staff to discuss Denton Plan

Residents meet with city staff to discuss Denton Plan

October 24
00:14 2012

Jason Yang / Senior Staff Writer

Although Denton won’t finalize its new comprehensive development plan for another 18 months, the city continued to welcome residents’ input at an informational community meeting Tuesday night at the civic center.

About 20 residents attended the meeting, which focused on the need to create a new plan that will guide development in Denton until 2030. City of Denton senior planner Abra Nusser was on hand to provide general information.

“The plan is only good as its implementations,” Nusser said. “We want to give the community ownership, make sure they get what’s appropriate and mesh everyone’s opinions together to make a cohesive vision for Denton.”

Nusser said the plan is currently in phase two of five, and city staff are currently focusing on existing issues and revisions.

Denton is also paying a team of consultants about $628,000. The next 18 months will be spent revamping a plan for the city’s public engagement, transportation and infrastructure. An economic development analysis will also be conducted.

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The last citywide plan was created in 1999, and since then the city has experienced a 40 percent population growth and acquired about 3,000 more acres, according to Denton’s website.

Nusser said the updated plan would look to accommodate future growth over the next 20 years and strengthen the downtown scene.

“We need to make sure the plan represents how the Denton community wants Denton to be,” Nusser said. “How those interact with each other is very important.”

The city has been promoting community involvement in the plan through social media and emails since March.

Denton residents at the meeting asked about zoning revisions, new businesses, individual neighborhood development, updates on the plan’s progress, plans for vacant buildings and lots and the duties of the consultants.

Resident Glen Haas has been living in Denton for more than 17 years. Even though this was his first community informational meeting, Haas, the president of his neighborhood community group in Braly Heights, said he believes the plan is off to a great start and he intends to attend future meetings with his neighbors.

“I’m very excited the city wants to engage with its community,” Haas said. “It means they want and value our input, and it brings energy in the city.”

Brian Lockley, interim director of planning and development, said he appreciated residents turning up at meetings, and encouraged others to come out and participate.

“With the completion of the plan, we hope to address the elements of community values and allocations of manpower and finance,” Lockley said. “Hopefully the plan will serve as the vision of community values.”

The next community forum is scheduled for Nov. 1.

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