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Wyoming embarks on master plan

Officials expect process will be complete by next spring after residents have their say.

May 3, 2019
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The General Motors Grand Rapids Operations plant in Wyoming is one of the city’s largest employers. Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors

The city of Wyoming launched the process of formulating a new master plan, and the plan will be informed by several sessions of community engagement and stakeholder input.

The process, dubbed “Wyoming [re]Imagined,” kicked off with the first of several workshops May 2 at the Wyoming branch of the Kent District Library.

Wyoming City Council previously affirmed the need for the plan and approved of a contract with planning firm Houseal Lavigne Associates, which will carry out the work alongside city staff.

City Planner Nicole Hofert said the city’s last master planning update was in 2012. One of the main challenges the city intends to address with the recent planning process is an update to land use and development.

Since 2012, one of the biggest changes to Wyoming has been an increase in developments on previously vacant land, Hofert said.

“The city of Wyoming is growing and changing at an accelerated rate, and it’s important that we take the time to develop an updated plan,” Hofert said.

Wyoming [re]Imagined also will provide the city with direction for residential, commercial and industrial areas; updated housing studies; transportation and mobility initiatives; parks and trails; economic development sustainability; public facilities and infrastructure; and a framework to guide strategic investments into 2040.

In addition to the community workshop on May 2 and another scheduled for mid-September, the public engagement process includes pop-up meetings across the city, student/youth workshops, focus groups, an interactive website and surveys.

“The master plan will provide a platform to integrate plans from across the city and region, and it will unite us under a common vision and set of goals,” Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll said. “It is my sincere hope that all Wyoming residents will lend their voices to this important work.”

Wyoming residents, visitors and stakeholders all are invited to attend and learn about the process, as well as provide insight on local concerns the master plan should address.

The master planning process is expected to be complete by spring 2020, at which point the updated master plan will be approved by Wyoming’s planning commission and city council.

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