The NEW Durham Comprehensive Plan
Durham is beginning work on a new Comprehensive Plan! The Durham Comprehensive Plan is a long range plan that shapes how the City and County grow. Our current plan is nearly 13 years old and Durham has seen a lot of change in that time. Durham’s community priorities have also evolved. We recognize that in order to build a successful new plan we must first listen to the priorities and concerns of the community through an equitable community engagement process.
Planning staff, the consultant team of PlanningNEXT and Irma McClaurin Solutions, and partner City and County department staff have begun the early steps of setting up the community engagement process for a new Comprehensive Plan using the City’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint as a framework. To ensure this plan reflects the voices of all parts of our community an equitable engagement effort will involve people in the process so we can better understand their perspectives. To support this effort, two working groups will be convened.
- Communication Team – Staff is reaching out to individuals in different types of media to participate in this group. This team will be asked to develop messages to create awareness of the process in the community and provide guidance on potential outlets for that messaging.
- Outreach Team – Nominations (of yourself or someone else) for potential participants in the Outreach Team are open now through June 28! This group will work with staff and the consultant team to determine how to best reach their communities and involve them in the process to create this plan. It is important that this team reflect the demographic and geographic diversity of Durham. The form asks for information on how much time folks can give to the process and whether they need transportation or interpretation services. The answers to these questions will not impact selection – we will work with the availability of folks who can help us reach the community.
Paper copies of the form (in both languages) are available upon request and will also be available at each of the Durham County Library branches beginning on June 10, 2019. Responses can be submitted through the online form, emailed, mailed, or dropped off in person (Durham Planning Department, Ground Floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham NC 27701) through Friday, June 28, 2019.
For more information and for hard copies of the form, contact Lisa Miller, Senior Urban Designer with the Durham City-County Planning Department, at Lisa.Miller@DurhamNC.gov or (919) 560-4137, ext. 28270.