Public taking part in shaping Mandan’s future
By Brian L. Gray
The city of Mandan invited community members to provide input as part of a comprehensive planning process during a public forum on Monday, April 29. The forum, held at the Mandan Middle School, allowed residents to let their voices be heard on what they feel should be considered in planning for Mandan’s future.
The city has hired a planning consultant firm, Stantec, out of St. Paul, Minn., to gather the information and later provide an implementation plan for future land use and transportation.
Phil Carlson, a planner with Stantec, says the purpose of the plan is to give Mandan a long-range blueprint for its future, be a guide for elected officials in making future decisions and to serve as a legal foundation, from zoning ordinances to subdivision regulations.
Carlson said this process depends on the feedback given by its residents. “We want to make sure your voice is heard, that you are a part of this process and that you know where this is going,” he said.
Roughly 30 community members were present at the meeting. The Stantec consultants reviewed a background report about Mandan at the forum and asked 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 and parks, trails and open space.
Based on information previously gathered, Carlson said some of the city’s weaknesses to be addresses are its lack of retail and restaurants, and its outside community perception. Some of Mandan’s potential opportunities are additional development and its land dedication for parks. Some of the city’s threats that were identified included its aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges and buildings, not being prepared for growth and allowing the wrong type of growth and development.
The firm plans to create the long-term plan in five phases – project initiation, vision goals and policies, land use and growth, plan preparation and implementation and adoption.
The city of Mandan has embarked on a yearlong process to prepare an updated land use and transportation plan, including new and existing roads and a new parks and trails plan. The planning effort began on Feb. 11 with the first meeting of a planning advisory committee.
For more information, go to cityofmandan.com.