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The City of Johnston is preparing to update the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan is a broad statement about the community, looking approximately 20 years ahead. It includes specific goals – and strategies to achieve those goals based on the growth of the City. The plan consists of performance measures and targets to help determine if goals are met, and that is where we need engagement from the community. The City last prepared a comprehensive plan in 2010, known as the Johnston 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
“As our community continues to grow, we need to ensure we are planning in a meaningful way,” said David Wilwerding Community Development Director. “A key part of the process is engaging the community in a dialogue about the future and enabling the community to weigh in on future directions. The Thrive 2040 Plan is a way for residents to provide input on what they would like to see within their community. Their voice matters on how we grow, and as we move our community forward.”
To kick off the Thrive 2040 process, an assessment of where the City is currently at was prepared and titled, the ″Thrive 2040 Report Card.″ The Thrive 2040 Report Card provides a quick overview of various trends, statistics, and changes occurring in our community and includes local measurements in eight topic areas about what makes the City of Johnston, its residents, and its businesses thrive. Information here will prompt questions and discussions to create a more thriving Johnston now and through 2040. The Thrive 2040 Report Card is available by visiting, www.cityofjohnston.com/Thrive2040.
For the initial round of engagement, the City has established an online engagement platform that will enable residents to offer thoughts from the comfort of their home, office, coffee shop, or other location. Please visit, www.cityofjohnston.com/ThriveEngagement to participate in one, two, or all three easy steps – Share Your Thoughts, Show Us What Thrives, and Tell Us More. Providing input will allow City staff to see what is unique and exciting, areas of concern, impactful changes, and where residents see Johnston in 20 years. Residents can also share feedback using a mapping tool, including the ability to upload photos of their favorite areas of Johnston, and finally, complete a short survey (can be completed in approximately 10 minutes).
Feedback will be compiled and used to provide direction on the development of the Thrive 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The goal of this process is to ensure the future plan represents the thoughts and desires of all residents.