Wednesday, January 10, 2001

City sets sights on future

Public input wanted on Vision 2020

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — City officials want to hear what residents have to say about its new development plan.

        The Hamilton Planning Commission will hold a Jan. 22 public hearing to discuss Vision 2020, the city's first comprehensive plan since 1948.

        “We're inviting the entire community to be part of the process,” said Planning Director James Boerke. “There is an open house between 4 and 6. We're going to have a lot of the maps and drawings of proposed projects available for people to review before the hearing begins. ...

   • What: Public hearing to discuss Vision 2020, Hamilton's first comprehensive plan since 1948.
    • When: 6 p.m. Jan. 22.
    • Where: City Council chambers, One Renaissance Center, 345 High St.
    Reception will be held 4-6 p.m. in the lobby of One Renaissance Center.
        “It's been almost a three-year process from the very beginning of the concept through adoption. There's been hundreds and hundreds of people involved in the process.”

        A steering committee released a report last spring that called for, among other things: creating more hotel space and a convention center, improving communication with citizens, focusing on Hamilton's history and uniqueness, preparing for a global economy, building a transportation loop around the city's west side and promoting tourism.

        The planning commission is expected to recommend that City Council adopt Vision 2020.

        Residents, civic and community groups, business leaders and city staff helped shape the strategies for the city, with the help of St. Louis consultants Parsons Harland Bartholomew & Associates Inc.

        Key areas in the plan include:

        • Issues of lifestyle and lifestyle choices.

        • Economic vitality.

        • Community image and environment.

        • Community services.

        • Governmental and intergovernmental cooperation.

        • Lifelong learning.

        • Physical improvements.

        Councilwoman Sharon Hughes said some council members have expressed concern about the ultimate fate of the strategic plan.

        “We have had products like this in the past, and unfortunately most of them have ended up sitting on the shelf,” she said. “Vision 2020 is working to try to come up with an infrastructure that would help drive the implementation of the projects that are listed in the reports.”


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