(July 26, 2016, Farmington, MI).  Stakeholders and supporters of Downtown Farmington are invited to help the Downtown Master Plan 2016 Steering Team envision the next iteration of the Downtown Master Plan.

Last updated in 2009, the Downtown Master Plan 2016 will serve as guide for the next phase of public and private investment in the downtown district.  The City of Farmington and the Farmington DDA retained OHM Advisors in February to complete the project under the supervision of a 15-member committee, with additional staff support.

“Many of the ideas or projects in the previous master plan have come to fruition.  Ordinances were updated.  Streetscapes were installed.  Studies were completed.  Now, it’s time to coalesce those resources in a plan that will grow the downtown economy and tax base,” said Mayor William Galvin, who serves as a member of the Farmington DDA.

Interested persons may participate in two ways, through an on-line survey or at a community gathering.  The on-line survey consists of 15 questions about community preferences, habits, housing and demographics. The survey may be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/FarmDMP2016.  The survey will remain open through Wednesday, August 10.

The Farmington DDA will host a Community Gathering/Open House from 5:30-7:30p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Mike Greer Photography, on the second floor at 33316 Grand River Avenue.  At the gathering, participants will get a preview peek at some of the design concepts and can share reactions with a member of the Steering Team.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  All ages are welcome.

“The public input stage is important.  The communication helps to instill greater understanding and a sense of ownership.  We are happy to welcome all fans, and critics, of Downtown Farmington,” said Annette Knowles, DDA Executive Director.

Members of the Steering Team are:  Councilmembers Greg Cowley and Steve Schneemann, Planning Commissioners Kenneth Crutcher and David Gronbach, business representatives Brandi Ellis, Bill Jarosik and Carol Sinzheimer, Historic Commissioner Laura Myers, DDA Board Member Thomas Pascaris and residents/volunteers Brian Golden, Les Key, Joseph LaRussa, JoAnne McShane, Jennifer Miller and Matthew Schiffman.

To RSVP for the community gathering, please phone 248-473-7276 or email aknowles@farmgov.comby August 8.