The Planning Board has wrapped up its initial public engagement campaign for the Yarmouth Community Visioning Project. Your input has been invaluable in helping us identify Yarmouth’s strengths, challenges and our community vision for Yarmouth’s future.
We want to thank all of you who completed the Visioning Survey, participated in our Roundtable discussion, or attended one of our three virtual Workshops. We had 86 people participate in the Workshops/Roundtable and 382 people complete the Visioning Survey.
So what are we going to do with all the information we collected? As we asked open ended questions, there will be a lot of data and ideas to analyze. The Town’s consultant, Horsley Witten, will review and summarize the comments and try to glean main topics or themes that were raised. It is anticipated this summary information will be available in March 2021.
Once all major themes have been identified, summaries can be prepared on each topic to provide general background data; identify key issues and opportunities captured from the public feedback; and identify potential goals and objectives. The Planning Board will use this information to develop a Draft Vision Statement and outline a Draft Vision Plan. These draft concepts will then be vetted by the public through a second round of virtual workshops and another survey in the spring of 2021.
Stay tuned to this webpage and sign up for regular updates via e-mail to have access to the latest information on this important community project, including details on registering for future Workshops and taking the second Survey. We encourage everyone to stay involved with the Visioning process as public participation is crucial to making this Visioning project a success.
If you are interested in background information on the visioning project to date, please take the opportunity to look at the links below which include information on the overall Visioning Process, the Kick-Off Meeting, Workshop Presentation, Implementation Schedule and Public Participation Plan. We would also direct you to the Data Summary Sheets compiled on a variety of topics including Community Services, Local Economy, Housing, Community Design, Open Space, Climate Resiliency, Infrastructure and Water Resources. These summaries provide general topic related data and notable trends; identify existing programs and projects; and outline projects and initiatives the Town is currently working on.