Comprehensive Plan February 2021 Project Updates

By February 12, 2021News, News_CompPlan

One week left to give online input on Draft Community Objectives! 

This is the final week for input on draft Community Objectives for the Comprehensive Plan through online engagement. During the final months of 2020, our multidisciplinary team drafted Community Objectives from the input of more than 1,000 residents, centering those who have traditionally been excluded from planning processes.  

All 33 draft objectives are up on Social Pinpoint, the online engagement site for this work. For detailed information and graphics on how the draft objectives were writtencheck out this page on ENGAGEDurham.com! 

Share your feedback on the Draft Community Objectives on our online engagement platform, Social Pinpoint, by clicking the button belownow through February 19th: 

At the link above you can learn about the process of writing the Community Objectives, read the objectives and provide feedback, and submit a photo, drawing, or quote using your five senses to imagine the Durham you’d like to see in the future. In reviewing the draft Community Goals and Objectives we are asking residents the following questions:

  • This objective feels true for me and my community: strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree.
  • If this objective does not feel true for your community, what is missing?
  • If this language is not clear, what needs to change to make it clear? Feel free to rewrite any part of the statement above.

Other Forms of Engagement on Draft Community Objectives 

Additional engagement on the draft Objectives through small focus groups and the Engagement Ambassadors is continuing as well. Small group sessions are in-depth discussions around a few of the objectives with groups such as Hispanic and Latino residents, rural residents, and youth residents who’s perspectives we want to be sure are reflected in these drafts. Engagement Ambassadors will be continuing to engage residents on the draft Objectives through this month and have reached over 300 residents so far! 

Draft Goals Available for Review 

As residents have been reviewing draft Objectives, staff has drafted overarching goals to accompany the objectives. To do this, staff organized the objectives by topic and then drafted goal statements to address the overall priorities that are reflected in the objectives. The goals are being reviewed through the resident Outreach Team and by the Engagement Ambassadors to ensure they are accurately reflecting resident perspectives. Check out drafts of the goals here! 

Adoption of Community Goals and Objectives 

Staff will be working with all of the input from residents on the draft Goals and Objectives throughout the month of March. Once revised based on community input, the Goals and Objectives will go to the Planning Commission, the Board of County Commissioners, and the City Council for review and then adoption. For these groups, this project will be presented at one public meeting for information, and then a followup hearing for a vote. Public meetings and hearings will be announced through the ENGAGEDurham site and are anticipated at Planning Commission in late April 2021 and at a special joint City-County elected board session in late May or June 2021.