The CSPDC has been working with the Town of Mount Crawford on the development of a Comprehensive Plan. The Town’s Planning Commission is serving as the Comprehensive Plan Development Committee and they meet monthly with CSPDC planners to discuss and draft each section of the plan. The town wanted to ensure the public had a voice in this process, so a public engagement campaign was developed to gather input from residents related to needs and priorities.
The first public engagement phase took place in May. A survey was available in both a digital and paper format. The survey was open from April 12th through May 31st and received 109 responses which represents 25% of the town’s residents.
There were also two open-house style events held in May; at the Town Hall on May 14th and at the Ruritan Club on May 19th. Between the two events, approximately 30 residents came out to share their ideas about the future of Mount Crawford. Attendees provided input through different activities. A “love it or leave it” map allowed residents to place different stickers on a town map to indicate areas or aspects of town that are special to them, as well as points of frustration or opportunities for improvement. Participants could also use stickers to indicate the top three topics they believe the town should prioritize in the plan. Bicycle and pedestrian mapping and open-ended input activities were also available.
CSPDC staff are working to analyze the data from both the survey and the in-person events and will present the results to the Mount Crawford Planning Commission at their next meeting on July 5th. The commission will then use the public’s input to begin developing goals and recommendations. A second public engagement phase is planned for later this year (fall) where residents will be able to review a draft of the recommendations before the plan is finalized.