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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Engage Durham Launches Online Survey for New Comprehensive & Transit Plans

Large group of community members sit in small groups during ENGAGEDurham workshop

DURHAM, N.C. – If you’re interested in helping shape the community’s vision for future growth, but couldn’t attend Engage Durham’s Listening-and-Learning Workshops held earlier this month, an online survey to share your thoughts is now available.

Hosted by the Durham City-County Planning Department, the five workshops were the first community-engagement events for the three-year process to seek input from people who live, work, own a business, go to school, or simply care about the future of Durham.

More than 350 people attended these workshops to give their ideas and opinions to help shape the foundation for Durham’s new Comprehensive Plan, the broadest policy document a community can create that links all the important aspects of a community — land use, housing, transportation, natural environment, etc. — into one policy document that is long range in scope.

Now, an online survey  ̶  available in English and Spanish  ̶  is available to help collect thoughts, ideas,  and opinions about Durham from those who couldn’t attend the workshops. The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete and seeks to collect thoughts around two central concepts: “What does your ideal Durham look like?” and “What’s on your mind about Durham?” All public input from the survey related to transit will be used to shape the foundation for Durham’s new Transit Plan.

In addition to the survey, people can register to receive future updates about this process as well as upload audio clips sharing their thoughts about Durham.

The online surveys will close on January 30, and the next engagement phase is planned for February 2020 for the Transit Plan, and for April 2020 for the Comprehensive Plan. In this next phase, Planning staff will present back to the community what they heard from the workshops and online surveys, and ask for additional input.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan process visit the Engage Durham website or contact Durham City-County Planning Department Senior Urban Designer Lisa Miller by email or (919) 560-4137, ext. 28270 or Assistant Director Sara Young by email or (919) 560-4137, ext. 28256.

About the Durham City-County Planning Department

The Durham City-County Planning Department is the planning agency for the City and County of Durham. The department works with the community to develop long-range and special area plans containing policies to direct growth. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to make Durham a great place to live, work, and play by working to create a strong and diverse economy, and thriving and livable neighborhoods, as well as the County’s Strategic Plan goals of Environmental Stewardship and Community Prosperity and Safe Community.

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