October is National Community Planning Month. It is a time to find out more how planning works, how it affects your life, and to appreciate the job planners do.
All month long we’re celebrating the lasting value that thoughtful and innovative planning has brought to Snohomish. While people may not realize it, planning significantly impacts their day-to-day lives. Planning decisions can affect the type of house you live in, the quality of life you enjoy, your daily commute, and more.
- Work for the greater good.
- Are skilled at balancing the varied interests and viewpoints that emerge as a community plans its future.
- Help create communities of lasting value.
An example of how planners have helped make Snohomish a community of lasting value is the role they played in drafting and implementing regulations and design standards that have helped preserve the character of the Snohomish Historic District while at the same time fostering its vitality. That effort continues with an update of the Historic District Design Standards. This multi-year project goes to the City Council for their consideration and approval on Dec. 5, 2017. To learn more about that project click here.
Other efforts include the update of the Shoreline Master Program and the 2015 update of the Comprehensive Plan.
Planners must always consider what’s best for the entire community. That means considering the needs of both residents and businesses, protecting the environment while facilitating economic development, and managing growth yet protecting Snohomish’s small town atmosphere.
This month try to get to know your city planners. Take the time to learn about local planning initiatives that are underway and maybe even attend your first Planning Commission meeting 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Snohomish School District Resource Center, 1601 Avenue D. Click here to see what’s on the agenda.
Want to get involved with planning the future of Snohomish? Your first step can be to visit the Planning & Community Development Department web page to see what your planners are currently working on.
To learn more about National Community Planning Month go to www.planning.org/ncpm.
If you would like to visit the City of Snohomish Planning & Community Development Department and meet the people whose mission it is to enhance the quality of life in Snohomish, contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or at 360-282-3173.