Market & Octavia Plan: Workshop #2
The Better Neighborhoods 2002 planning team held its second neighborhood workshop on the evening of Tuesday, August 22, 2000, in the basement room of the First Baptist Church at Octavia and Waller Streets. About 120 neighborhood residents, community advocates, business operators and others attended a three-hour session of presentations from Planning Department staff and small work group sessions. The response from those participating was overwhelmingly positive.
The purpose of the meeting was for the planners to report back and receive comments on "what we heard" from attendees at the first workshop in May, and to introduce and get feedback on the outline of issues to be included in the specific planning effort now underway.
Many additional comments were recorded on the eight elements of a great neighborhood during the early mingling session and the first portion of the smaller breakout groups. These will be folded into the background information to help direct and evaluate the overall plan as it develops.
The presentation by staff included the 15 basic components of the Department's planning program, which establish a framework to guide the scope and content of the planning studies now being initiated. Most of the small working group effort was spent discussing and commenting on this framework. This community feedback will provide further refinement to the content of the plan. The 15 components presented at the meeting are:
The number of participants in this second workshop was even greater than the first. We're heartened by this growth in involvement and thankful for your participation. We couldn't effectively plan this area without your help.