Residents, businesses invited to participate in new city master plan

The public is invited to provide input into the development of a new master plan for the City of Taylor.

Three neighborhood public meetings have been scheduled during the process called “City of Taylor Master Plan…Blueprint for the Future.” The sessions will take place:

●Saturday, January 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at Johnson Elementary School, 20701 Wohlfeil. The primary focus of this neighborhood meeting will be the area north of Goddard Road and east of Telegraph Road.

●Saturday, January 27, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee Road. The primary focus of this neighborhood meeting is south of Goddard Road.

●Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy. The primary focus of this neighborhood meeting is north of Goddard Road and west of Telegraph Road.

Any city “stakeholders” – including residents and business people – are welcome to attend the meetings. Additional open meetings will be scheduled and announced for other locations of the city.

The new master plan will serve as a guide for Taylor’s growth and development.

At the meetings, facilitators from Langworthy, Strader and LeBlanc  Planning Inc. will discuss the value of a master plan and how it is used. LSL has been contracted by the city to assist in the process.

Company representatives will conduct an exercise to help the participants identify their perceived local strengths, concerns and opportunities. The exercise is based on LSL’s successful Public-Workshop-In-A-BoxTM approach, which will divide attendees into subgroups to conduct their own issues-identification process, with the help of LSL facilitators.

“This is a great opportunity for people to assist in planning Taylor’s future,” said Frederick Zorn Jr., executive director of the City of Taylor Office of Economic and Development Services.

He said city officials use a master plan as a guide in making land use, development, zoning and capital improvement decisions.

“The master plan will guide Taylor’s future growth and development,” Zorn said. “The plan will identify and examine a wide range of physical issues including population, housing, land use, transportation, neighborhoods, community facilities and natural resourses. The plan will identify a series of goals and policies for the city.

Zorn said the master plan will provide recommendations for future land use, neighborhood improvements, transportation improvements and special strategies for key areas in the city.

“Public participation is critical to this process,” Zorn said. “Taylor is committed to reaching out to the entire community: residential and businesses.”

For more information, visit the city web site at www.cityoftaylor.com or call the City of Taylor at (734) 374-1376.