‘Imagine Mustang’ beginning to take shape

Planning Commission members view a presentation sharing the status of the city’s ongoing efforts to create a new comprehensive plan. Just a few days before Tuesday’s meeting, the city installed new signage on the wall behind where members sit. This will serve as a backdrop during the various meetings held at city hall. (Photographer/Victoria Middleton)

Planning Commission members view a presentation sharing the status of the city’s ongoing efforts to create a new comprehensive plan. Just a few days before Tuesday’s meeting, the city installed new signage on the wall behind where members sit. This will serve as a backdrop during the various meetings held at city hall. (Photographer/Victoria Middleton)

Planning for what the City of Mustang’s future will look like came a little bit more into focus Tuesday when a city board heard more about the new comprehensive plan.

Halff Associates and ADG, whom the city has hired to oversee the “Imagine Mustang” project, gave Mustang Planning Commission members a status update. The project’s goal is to set the tone for how the city will develop, grow and change over the next several years.

The last time the city updated its comprehensive plan was in 2003.

“With the continued growth of Mustang, it is imperative that we have a clear road map of what we need to do for the future of our community,” said Mustang Mayor Jay Adams.

Already, citizens have been providing input for the plan via surveys sent out in utility bills and also at a recent Western Days festival booth.

The highlights shared with the commission Tuesday focused on quality of life, traffic and keeping the city’s small town feel.

From the already collected surveys, citizens have stated they are mostly content with the city’s quality of life and would like to see efforts continue. A downtown district, more entertainment and recreation, and solutions to address traffic problems were some of the greatest concerns.

The public can contribute more to the new comprehensive plan by attending a two-day planning charrette on Oct. 5-6 at Town Center, 1201 N. Mustang Road. During this meeting, local residents will hear more about how the plan project is progressing and visit with designers and planners in the design-studio format setting.

The meeting will go from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6, followed by a final public presentation.
Halff Associates and ADG are working to create different scenarios for the city to consider. They are seeking information on the following key issues to be able to do so: 1) city-wide concepts, 2) creation of a Main Street/Downtown walkable development, 3) parks, trails and bikeways, 4) roadway circulation and 5) storm water management.

For more information, visit www.imaginemustang.com or call Melissa Helsel, community development director at 376-7707.

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