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Memphis 3.0 plan draft released
Memphis 3.0 comprehensive plan draft released
Posted on 12/19/2018
The people of Memphis have spoken on how they want their city to look in the future. After two years, nearly 200 public meetings and events, and engagement of over 15,000 residents, the City of Memphis has released a public draft of the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive plan. The public draft is the first look at the City’s comprehensive plan for land use and growth in 38 years.  
 
“When we launched Memphis 3.0, we knew this plan had to be driven by the people of Memphis,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “We trust people to know what improvements they want to see in their neighborhoods. They just needed to be asked.” 
 
The vision articulated in Memphis 3.0 calls for the city to “Build Up, Not Out” by focusing resources, investment, and policy toward growth of the core city and neighborhood centers. “Throughout the course of the planning process, the themes of investing in neighborhoods, community assets, and public transit were made clear, “said John Zeanah, Director of Planning and Development. “This presented a challenge for where and how to focus new growth and density. We knew the plan could not recommend growth everywhere; it had to be strategic based on market potential, but also community priority.” 
 
The strategy articulated in the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive plan focuses on creating mixed-use, active, transit-served places identified as “anchors,” or centers of community activity. By focusing on anchors, the plan holds that the health of a community’s center and surroundings can impact the neighborhood as a whole. Anchors form the basis of how the comprehensive plan recommends targeting new growth, investment, transportation connections, and redevelopment.  
 
The release of the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive plan public draft will be open for comment through February 8, 2019. Residents and stakeholders are asked to review the plan and provide comment by visiting www.memphis3point0.com. Starting in January, individuals can also visit their local library and community center to view the plan. The Office of Comprehensive Planning will also hold a series of public meetings in January for the public to view the plan and provide input. 
 
All public comments will be reviewed by the Office of Comprehensive Planning. Responses to comments will be assembled in a brief to the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board in February, the first body to consider the plan for approval. If approved, plan adoption will advance to City Council for adoption by ordinance. The City is also planning the first two small area plans to leverage investments in anchors within Raleigh and Whitehaven to maximize community improvements. 
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