What does a planning process entail?

    DCP and HPD are committed to an inclusive, transparent planning process that provides a variety of opportunities for public input, works to build consensus around key issues, and most importantly, responds to local community needs and goals. Throughout the process, we – meaning you, your neighbors, Community Boards, City Agencies, elected officials, local organizations – work together. For every neighborhood study, planners commit to thousands of hours of research, interagency coordination, conversations, and events in the community. In general, the neighborhood study proceeds in phases: first, we listen and learn from one another to identify issues and assets in the area; then we come to consensus around goals and a vision for the area and formulate strategies and recommendations meet those goals. At the end of the process, we will have a local neighborhood plan tailored to meet the needs of Southern Boulevard and surrounding communities. The plan will provide a guide for capital investments, program delivery, land use actions, and local initiatives and will be implemented over time.

    What kind of community input are you looking for?

    At different phases of the planning process, as we engage in-person in the community, relevant online engagement tools will become available on the site. At this stage specifically, we are looking to identify issues and needs, opportunities for improvements, and community assets. The “Quick Poll” gives you the opportunity to tell us what you think is most important to address through the study. Additionally, the Map Tool allows you to identify community needs or opportunities on a map and learn about your neighbors’ ideas. Check back soon for more tools and forums to provide input and feedback!

    I rarely use the internet. Will I miss out on having my say?

    These online tools are intended to complement, not replace, existing in-person activities during the process. Participating in public events, public workshops, surveys, focus groups, and small-group discussions are just some ways that you will be able to share additional viewpoints. Outreach will also be conducted in English and Spanish.Your participation is important so please sign up for our mailing list to get regular updates and to learn about upcoming public events.

    What happens to my feedback?

    Your comments, ideas, and suggestions - whether you contribute online or in person - will be compiled by the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study project team and shared with the public, stakeholders, and city agencies as part of public events. This is a chance for you to share with your communities and contribute to visions and goals together. Your participation is important so please sign up for our mailing list to get regular updates and to learn about upcoming public events.Note: The input collected through this site is not considered official public comment on a city proposal. It is separate from the public scoping, public review and comment that occurs in the context of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).