January 29, 2013 > Online forum for City's General Plan Update
Online forum for City's General Plan Update
Submitted By the City of Hayward
The City of Hayward has launched Hayward2040.org, a new comprehensive community engagement website, where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with City leaders and other residents on an update of the Hayward General Plan.
The goal is to involve the community in the planning process and to obtain meaningful feedback that will help shape the General Plan and future of the City. Hayward 2040.org is an online tool to gather input and generate ideas on what community members want Hayward to become over the next 25 years. Obtaining input from a broad range of citizens is important to ensure the General Plan reflects the community's priorities.
Hayward2040.org gives contributors a chance to share new ideas, second others' ideas and expand upon existing ones. Community members can provide feedback on initiatives and directly work with City leaders and staff on a variety of subjects online anytime, anywhere. The discussion will start with topics such as "What is your vision for Hayward?" and "What are the three things you love most about living in Hayward?" and expand from there, based on input.
The site also measures and tracks participation, identifying the most interested citizens and most compelling topics. Developed by MindMixer, the site makes it easy for General Plan administration to respond to and communicate with citizens and achieve measurable results and invaluable insights for the planning process.
The General Plan is the City's over-arching policy and planning document. It provides a blueprint for growth and development, sets city-wide policy and outlines a set of programs and projects to achieve the community's vision.
Specifically, the purpose of a General Plan is to: identify land use, transportation, environmental, economic, and social goals and policies as they relate to new development; provide a basis for the City's decision-making; provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the planning and decision-making process; and inform citizens, developers, decision-makers and others of the ground rules that guide development within Hayward.
To share your ideas about how you would like the City of Hayward to develop, visit www.Hayward2040.org.