1st Public Workshop Summary
The City held its first set of public workshops May 9th – 11th for the General Plan update, “Imagine Buckeye 2040”. The workshops were designed to: educate residents about the General Plan update, conduct brainstorming exercises to identify opportunities and challenges facing the community, and finally, to create an overall vision statement for the Plan.
In order to reach as many residents as possible, the workshops were held in three different locations with one each in the north, central and south areas of the city. This approach helped make the workshops a success, drawing in 113 people over the three nights.
The workshops began with a presentation explaining the General Plan update, which included a set of survey questions to gauge residents’ viewpoints on Buckeye’s needs. The overall consensus was that that the General Plan should address: Buckeye as a “Community that is Safe and Well-Prepared” as well as strategies to preserve the “Natural Environment”. Residents also rated the availability of retail and entertainment as poor. Residents agreed that the biggest threat to Buckeye’s future is the “Lack of Jobs” and “Lack of Shopping”. Finally, residents were in agreement that the most important aspect of the update should be to address “Diverse Employment” and “Retail Shopping” opportunities.
The second exercise involved developing a Vision Statement for the General Plan. During this exercise, participants were asked to individually create a vision statement using a ‘fill-in-the-blanks’ worksheet. Afterwards, the table came together to write one vision statement that best reflected everyone’s ideas. The results of the Vision Statement exercise will be reviewed by staff and forwarded to the General Plan Advisory Committee in order to create a common vision to guide the General Plan update.