Late last year, the Town of Madrid won a grant “designed to help municipalities identify and prioritize community development needs and goals and create strategies to achieve them.” Simply: we won a little money to develop a plan on how we should develop our town.
With the money, we’ve hired an engineering firm that will (after lots of public participation and feedback), produce a document—a strategic plan that will guide future town development needs. More importantly, the document will be used to petition county, state, and federal organizations for funds (often free monies) that we’ll use to build and invest in our community.
It’s a great and proactive idea, one for which the Town and Planning Board members should be commended. But for this to succeed, it’s not enough to develop a plan. It’s got to be OUR plan; the collective vision of all those who call Madrid home. And with that, the town is asking for your ideas, opinions, and involvement.
First, a simple survey has been developed in hopes you’ll weigh in on various matters. One will be arriving at your home in the next couple days, but don’t wait—take it online today. More, encourage other family members and residents to take it! This is your town, and your opinion counts.
Second, there’ll be a series of public meetings:
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
September 22nd, 2011
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Soon after September, when all the ideas and data have been collected, a planning document will begin to emerge. This will go through several iterations, with the goal that by the end of the year, the Town will have a solid Community Development Strategic Plan to guide future initiatives.
Very good stuff!
(For more information, download the Community Development Strategic Plan flyer, contact the Committee Chair Dan McGrath at (315) 322-4164, or ask in the comments and we’ll do our best to find an answer or share what we know.)