The City of Pine City has approved a contract with Community Collaboration to help update its comprehensive plan.
The city council met with founder Todd Streeter during its second meeting in February where he proposed a more community-led process to update the city's comprehensive plan.
“This new approach steps away from the traditional Comp Plan engagement process to establish an actionable community plan which typical Comp Plans aren’t designed to do. This new Community Action Plan process empowers the community take a direct role and ownership of Pine City’s future. This new approach allows the community to develop their own ideas to make Pine City an even better place to live, work, and play,” comments Todd Streeter, Community Collaboration and project facilitator.
Streeter is a former mayor of the City of Lake St. Croix Beach, Chamber of Commerce executive, and community foundation co-founder.
The council then approved a $10,500 contract with Streeter during their meeting on March 2.
A kick-off event will be held later this month to introduce area business owners, residents, and community organizations to the project and how it will work. From there, Community Collaboration will be hosting bi-monthly meetings to help put the Community Action Plan together.
According to a press release from the city, the project will be split into two phases.
The first phase of the new planning approach encourages committee members to identify community issues and research successful solutions and new opportunities. Resulting research will be transformed into recommendations for incorporation into the final CAP document. This phase of the CAP project will guide the City council, staff, and community interests for the next 10-20 years. This first phase of the new process is estimated to take approximately 4-5 months.
In the second phase, CAP recommendations will be converted into community projects, allowing residents, businesses, and community organizations to participate in supporting any project that matches their interests. The outcome of the new CAP process provides ongoing projects the City and community can work on together to bring to fruition.
Anyone with questions can contact Pine City Community Development Director Mike Gainor and share their ideas at 320-315-4885 or email email@example.com.