Mandan News

Comprehensive planning effort kicks off, community meeting planned for April 29

Do you have ideas about how Mandan should look and feel in 20 years? Do you have an opinion about potential new development along I-94? About parks and trails in Mandan? About other issues affecting you and your neighbors?

The City of Mandan is embarking on a yearlong process to prepare an updated land use and transportation plan including new and existing roadways and a new parks and trails plan.

The City of Mandan and Mandan Park and Recreation invite community members to provide input as part of a comprehensive planning process during a public forum on Monday, April 29. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Mandan Middle School.

Planning consultants from Stantec are helping to update Mandan’s land use and transportation plan including new and existing roadways and to develop a parks and trails plan.

The consultants will review a background report about Mandan at the forum and ask for input on several key issues including:

• Managing growth and development

• Maintaining infrastructure

• Mandan’s character and identity

• Land use and access on I-94

• Parks, trails and open space

The planning effort started Feb. 11 with the first meeting of a planning advisory committee. Approximately 25 local leaders, business people and citizens will help review information and offer recommendations throughout the process.

At the kickoff meeting, the advisory committee heard from Stantec consultants facilitating the project. Committee members discussed and prioritized key issues affecting Mandan: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The issues are summarized in a separate document on the city’s website, but the discussion centered on the need for targeted development and redevelopment, ways to enhance the city’s image and attractions, pride in Mandan’s small town community feel and the need to be ready for new development along I-94 and other places as the city grows.

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