The public is invited to vote on draft goals for Washington’s new comprehensive plan next Wednesday, June 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Washington Senior Center, 1459 W. Fifth St., below the Elks Hall.
The steering committee charged with helping guide the new plan and Dan Lang, of the Lang Gang Inc., the firm hired to develop the plan, is encouraging the community to participate.
That night, people will vote on a private ballot listing all 42 draft goals.
Lang said the voting process should only take about 10 minutes.
Each voter will be given about 16 stars to place next to the goals that they consider to be the most important.
The public also will be provided with one green sticker for the goal “they fall in love with” and one red sticker for the goal “that doesn’t affect them,” Lang said.
In addition, there will be space for the public to write in their own goals.
The 42 goals drafted are for the six main focus topics that the plan will cover, once complete.
The six topics are transportation/other infrastructure, parks/recreation/open space, economic development, land use, civic improvement, and aesthetics.
The goals were based on feedback received from a public input visioning meeting held Feb. 28 plus Lang’s own experience with past comprehensive plans. The steering committee then gave their input on the draft goals.
The goals are available under the "Related Stories" section in this story.
Once Lang’s group tabulates all of the responses, he will share them with the committee Tuesday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at city hall.
At that meeting, the committee will start reviewing the goals and decide whether to eliminate, keep or reword the goals.
Lang said just because one goal gets the most votes doesn’t necessarily mean it will be kept in the plan and vice versa.
According to Lang, there will be about three to five objectives listed in the plan to achieve each goal.