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Strategic Plan open house is well-attended

February 19, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Feb. 12, over 100 Canfield residents attended an open house at the Canfield Public Library that displayed the areas the plan's committee has been working on. Those attending the event were able to choose their top priority, which will be added to the surveys already received.

The plan was laid out on easels with one of five main areas of concern for the future of the city. Those areas were put together with the results of a survey that ended last September. That survey had 191 residents of the city and township responding to the online survey.

At the open house the 100 that attended could obtain a strip of green dots they could place on the poster to show what they would support. Those green dots would be counted as votes in determining what Canfield residents want the most.

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Emily Phillis, a planner with ms Consultants, was on hand at a community open house for the city’s strategic plan on Feb. 12 at the Canfield Public Library. She is pictured here talking about the zoning options of the plan with resident Frank Micchia.

The first segment involved The Village Green, and how best to deal with it for the future. The vast majority wanted to preserve and promote Canfield's historical character. That received 32 votes. Coming in a tight second with 31 votes was to promote development of underutilized properties. The item receiving only 13 votes was instituting design guidelines for future development.

"We are looking at a 10-20 year timeline for this plan," said Mayor Richard Duffett. "This is a comprehensive plan that looks at everything."

The second area was land use and development. There was a tie at 21 votes each between enforcing desired future development patterns and collaborating on school facility planning. Only seven votes were placed for preparing to expand.

On Parks-trails-and open spaces, 21 votes were cast for constructing a multi-use path loop through Canfield. This idea was favored widely over upgrading existing park amenities (eight votes) and using the parks and recreation to attract young professionals (10 votes).

Housing was the fourth area that attendees could place a vote on. Coming in first with 31 votes was promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Lagging behind at a distance was preserving the architecture of historic canfield homes with 15 votes and encouraging a variety of senior living options that had only 10 votes.

The final section was The Corridor, that mainly spoke about U.S. 224 through town. The votes (21) pointed to creating a sense of place. Coming in second with 10 votes was reconfiguring traffic operations on the Eastern portion. Coming last with only three votes was enhancing the Main Street intersection, which had a dog-bone roundabout proposed for better traffic control.

"These votes will help us identify what direction Canfield residents want to move towards for the future betterment of the city," Duffett said.

 
 

 

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