Open House Check-In:
How are we doing so far?

[UPDATED: 09-12-11, 9:55am] There were lots of reasons not to show up Sunday night at Ranson’s Independent Fire Hall to talk about planning and zoning.

It was the 10th anniversary of 9-11-2001, when many families chose to spend the day together. A gulley-washer of a rain storm blew through just before meeting time. And there were the distractions of Sunday sports on the tube. Yet some 60 folks dropped by for the Ranson Renewed/Charles Town Connected open house.

“I want to thank everyone who made this effort,” Ranson Mayor A. David Hamill told the crowd. “Give yourself a round of applause.”

Mayor Hamill and Susan Henderson of the PlaceMakers team address attendees at Sunday evening's community critique.

           

What the attendees got Sunday night, was a display of workshop progress displayed on table stations at the Fire Hall. Project team members manned the stations, explained the ideas and designs and invited comments and suggestions.

Call this a mid-term examination, with community members as evaluators of progress towards goals they set for key project components: Plans for transforming the Fairfax Avenue/George Street corridor into a vibrant, mixed-use boulevard; designs for redeveloping former industrial sites; and a rewrite of Ranson’s zoning and comprehensive plan.

See how those separate elements are integrated into one planning workshop in the overview column and videos to the immediate right. Follow the path to where we are in the process by reading the posts immediately preceding this one. And to hear directly from participants in the Sunday night open house, click on the video below.

The first step at each station Sunday night was a review of what team members understand to be key community concerns and an explanation of how the team hopes to address those concerns. To see what attendees saw, download the feedback reports on community interests in transportation, industrial site redevelopment, and land use planning and zoning here (375kb .pdf).

Then, project leaders provided a show-and-tell of ideas and illustrations under development. Conversations with community members gave the project team an additional level of feedback. And many of those questions, ideas and suggestions (175kb .pdf) will be incorporated into the status report the team gives to a joint meeting of the Ranson and Charles Town City Councils on Tuesday night and then into the wrap-up presentation on Wednesday night at the Old Opera House. Times and locations can be found here.