Almost 100 citizens came out to City Hall on May 14 to voice their opinions about what Wilmington’s future should look like at the kickoff of the city’s long-range plan for growth, called a Comprehensive Plan.
The plan will serve as the city’s “to-do” list by establishing priorities that will be implemented over time to help achieve the community’s vision for the future. The plan will be developed over the next 18 months with extensive citizen participation and input.
In February, City Council appointed 15 community members to serve on a steering committee that will oversee development of the plan. When completed, the plan will serve as a policy foundation to proactively manage the city’s growth and development.
When asked Tuesday what they would like to see in Wilmington’s future, some of the most common elements voiced by citizens were:
- Environmental concerns
- Safe streets for pedestrians and bikes
- A downtown waterfront park
- Good mass transit system
- Responsible redevelopment
- Opportunities for seniors to age in place.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo told those present that the plan will give future City Councils a “roadmap” about how and where public monies should be spent. He also stressed that the plan will be created “from the ground up with our citizens.”
Extensive efforts to get more citizen input for the plan will begin next fall.