Davidson, NC has a long, successful history of planning that created the vibrant community people enjoy today. What’s Next is a process to build upon previous successes and update the town’s comprehensive plan from 2010. Planning NEXT is part of the consultant team for this effort and is leading the community engagement component. The updated comprehensive plan will act as guide to ensure the town continues to embody the character and special qualities for which the community is known.
People in Davidson are not only talking about the process, but also taking the time to share their input and get others involved. As part of this first round of engagement, an exploration survey focused on the town’s planning principles was administered to gather initial input on the principles and how well they have been implemented. From chatting with patrons at the Davidson Farmers Markets and college athletic events to neighborhood meetings, Christmas in Davidson, and beyond, the team worked hard to get in contact with as many people as possible while residents were out and about town.
On January 17th, over 150 people braved the chilly, rainy night to attend the first public meeting on what’s next for the community. It was a full house as Davidson residents participated in smart phone live polling questions focused on what they valued about the community and what they envisioned for the future. They also shared their ideas in small groups on critical community questions centered around themes about the future of the town that emerged through the initial exploration survey. The participants were treated to fun prizes and giveaways throughout the night. Over 2,100 pieces of input were collected.
The input from the workshop plus online input gathered on the project’s website, whatsnextdavidson.com, will be databased and analyzed by the planning team in preparation for the next community engagement events happening in April, so stay tuned to find out what’s next for the Town of Davidson, NC.