Public Invited to "Big Picture" Outreach Workshop and Open House

DAYTON, November 14, 2016 – Residents of the City of Dayton and Liberty County are invited to a workshop and open house on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The workshop and open house will take place in the Ball Room of the Dayton Community Center, at 801 South Cleveland Street. All residents are invited to provide input on the future of Dayton.

The Comprehensive Plan, is a 14-month process that provides clear direction for the development of the community. This includes land use and growth, transportation and mobility, and economic opportunity. Once the plan is adopted by the City Council, the City will begin the implementation of the Plan. Jeff Lambright, Mayor, recognized the need to assess Dayton's present conditions and derive a plan for the future. "Growth is inevitable in Dayton and we must prepare for it," he said. "This is a roadmap to our future."

A Comprehensive Plan is a statement of a community's vision of itself now and in the future, which directs the physical growth, development and redevelopment of a community. The plan serves as a tool, combining the many functional parts into a document that helps the community to achieve its long-term goals and objectives. The Dayton Community Development Corporation is under contract with Kendig Keast Collaborative, a planning consultant based out of Sugar Land, Texas, to complete the Comprehensive Plan over a 14-month span. Luis Núñez, a Senior Associate with Kendig Keast Collaborative, is facilitating the planning process.

City leaders have strongly encouraged Dayton's citizens to get involved in the planning process and provided multiple opportunities to do so, including listening sessions and a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee meeting in October. The plan is based on residents' and community leaders' long-range vision for community growth and values. Public involvement and input will help define a unique "Dayton Vision," and help the planning team develop goals and objectives to achieve that vision over a 20-year planning horizon.

The 14-month period for Dayton's overall planning process is broken down into four key steps:

(1) Existing City
(2) Plan Directions and Assumptions
(3) Future City, and
(4) Implementation.

Courtland Holman, Executive Director of the Dayton Community Development Corporation, emphasized the importance of the plan. "The Comprehensive Plan is the long-range planning tool that will help the City of Dayton reach its full potential," he said. "It will have a direct impact on the future physical development and quality of life in this community."

For more information on the City of Dayton Comprehensive Plan, call 936-257-0055 or visit the City of Dayton's website at

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