Community Values Discovery Workshop
Can community input be fun?  Will people actually come?  This event brings a wide spectrum of the community together for a 2 to 3 hour creative session that uses collage making to build bridges of communication between participants.  Teams of 6 to 8 people combine pictures and words cut from worksheets provided by the Consultant Team to create collages that answer the questions, “Where are we as a community?” and “Where do we want to be in 5 or 10 years?”

The combination of pictures and words creates surprising insights that stimulate dialogue among and between teams.  “Big Ideas” are identified and prioritized.  Preferred community character, image, and the desires of citizens all emerge during the workshop.   Results are used to draft goals for the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and to determine strategic steps to accomplish these goals.

Workshop for Young People: What’s Hot, What’s Not?
What are young people looking for in a community?  Pizza and beverages will entice the young citizen to a workshop tailored specifically to them.  We provide participants with a collection of images representing a variety of lifestyle elements such as recreation, culture, housing, entertainment, and workplace.  This workshop can be coordinated with high school seniors and their government or social studies teachers. 

Small group teams are asked to identify appealing images (What’s Hot?) and unappealing images (What’s Not?). In this way, participants can use visual cues to address aesthetic and functional preferences without being limited to verbal descriptions.  Results are used to draft goals for the Comprehensive Land Use Plan that help retain young people, and to determine strategic steps to accomplish these goals.

This event is identical to the community events described above, but is a self-guided workshop that can be used by civic groups (such as the Lions Club, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce) or other organizations to produce collages and identify “Big Ideas” for their neighborhood, business district, or special interest group.  The results are used to help draft Master Plan goals and strategies.

On-line Citizen Survey
On-line surveys are currently an excellent way to achieve a significant return when gathering public opinion.  Questions on the survey will be of a specific nature rather than general, in order to give the Planning Commission and governing board real direction regarding specific land use policies.  For example, questions may address future land use in specific areas; community character; types of housing desired in specific locations; need for specific services; and protection of natural resources.

An on-line survey can be made accessible as a link on community web sites.  Surveys can also be sent by e-mail directly to persons or entities identified by the Community. Survey results are then electronically tallied.  Publicity for the survey can be included with utility billings, tax statements, and advertised in the local newspaper. 

On-line surveys always include an option for citizens to complete a paper survey if they are not comfortable with a computer.  For example, paper surveys can be delivered to retirement/ senior housing units and collected after completion.  Survey results will be used to help establish land use and community goals.

If a community prefers to send out a mailed survey to all property owners we will assist in the preparation of the survey as well as mailing and tabulating the returns if desired.