Update on Engagement and Objectives for the Comprehensive Plan

By December 21, 2020News, News_CompPlan

Draft Community Objectives are here! Next round of Engagement Ambassadors starting soon! 

The ENGAGEDurham team is very excited to share draft Community Objectives for the Comprehensive Plan! Over the past few months, our multidisciplinary team has drafted Community Objectives from the input of more than 1,000 residents with a focus on centering those who have traditionally been excluded from planning processes. So far, we have draft objectives around Housing, Transportation, Jobs, Equity Culture and Community Engagement, and the Environment. 

For detailed information and graphics on writing the draft objectives, check out a new page on ENGAGEDurham! 

Share your feedback on the Draft Community Objectives on our new digital engagement platform, Social Pinpoint, by clicking the button below: 

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 of the future you’d like to see. We anticipate that the Social Pinpoint pages for reviewing the objectives will be available through mid-February of 2021. 

We’re recruiting Engagement Ambassadors! 

We have started recruiting additional Engagement Ambassadors to help engage residents on Comprehensive Plan objectives! Engagement Ambassadors are Durham residents who receive a stipend to help the City and County engage hard-to-reach and underrepresented communities. Ambassadors are part of or have a connection to communities in Durham that have traditionally not been included in planning processes.  

Currently we are focused on reaching:  

  • Residents who live in Durham Housing Authority properties; 
  • Residents of Bahama, Rougemont, or other rural areas of northern Durham County;  
  • Youth;  
  • Seniors;  
  • People with disabilities;  
  • People who ride the bus;  
  • Hispanic and Latino residents;  
  • People who are or have been justice involved;  
  • People who have experienced housing insecurity;  
  • People with low income or low wealth. 

If you’re interested in becoming an engagement ambassador, please visit engagedurham.com/ambassadors to tell us a little bit about yourself and your connections to the community! Residents can also indicate interest in additional stipended engagement opportunities through this link. 

What’s coming next? 

We are hard at work on a final group of objectives around Recreation, Education, Wellness, Training, Seniors, and Youth. We’ll provide another update here when they’re ready for review through Social Pinpoint. We are also drawing from the values in the objectives to draft overarching Goals, which will be included as part of the final Goals and Objectives for adoption.

In addition to this digital opportunity to review, Engagement Ambassadors are leading small group sessions on the objectives. Planning Staff is also leading a few focused small group sessions with residents. Over the next few months, we will be incorporating resident feedback from all of these engagement methods to improve the objectives. After this current phase of engagement, which we expect will continue into February, we will seek adoption of the Community Goals and Objectives by Durham City Council and the Durham Board of County Commissioners. 

These objectives are stories about the kind of future our residents want to build for Durham. Thank you very much to everyone who has shared their experiences and perspectives and helped with this process so far!