The effort could provide a planning and technical support team to work with both communities. A project would be created to address the needs of each community, and the team would help build communitywide participation, research and mapping services, inventories and analyses, facilitate work sessions and public meetings, and assist in drafting a new master plan.
To us, this plan makes sense.
We’re all one community, and to have a joint effort that encompasses all of the area seems like a perfect fit.
So often, we get caught up in being concerned with plans that are limited to our borders. As soon as we get to the edge of one community, a new plan is in place that might be completely different.
Unfortunately, that isn’t how communities work — especially this one.
Many people in the Tri-Cities area work in the city and live in the township, or vice versa.
That is what makes it a community that goes well beyond a name or a specific place on a map.
To take this concept into the community’s master planning process seems like a no-brainer. To be able to work together and make a plan that sees this area as a whole place instead of individual places makes sense.
Hopefully, our local leaders see it this way, too, and this plan can come to fruition.
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