Thanks to everyone that's taken part in Connect the Gig thus far! We've made great progress, including at our most recent workshop on October 7. Reflecting on everyone's input, the City and its consultant team are now working to create the draft plan - with the next public event to review it expected early 2018. Check our library and calendar pages for updates as we move forward!
Here's a quick summary of the latest workshop:
On Saturday October 7, the City led a morning workshop attended by approximately 80 residents. Beginning with a presentation describing work to-date and preliminary findings, participants were asked to complete two exercises. The first focused on prioritizing "quick-win" projects and programs – improvements suited to quick, low-cost implementation. Of nine categories, participants (working in pairs) ranked making downtown parking more efficient, safety improvements, and enhancing the appearance of crosswalks most highly. The second exercise asked groups (five or six participants each) to review a 26-item list of system improvements, prioritizing 10 such projects - plus an option to identify others that weren't on the list. Projects designed to facilitate access to or across Highway 16 were favorites, as were others related to pedestrian and bicycle safety on Wollochet Drive, Burnham Drive, and other key corridors in Gig Harbor.
Gig Harbor's a unique, complex place - so LOTS of input is needed to create a plan that really fits. Public workshops allowed residents to detail the issues - and suggest where the plan should lead.
Planning to the People
For those who can't make workshops but care deeply about Gig Harbor's future, we took the plan on the road (as it were) with "pop-up" stations downtown and around town - online questionnaires, too!
How better to plan for an all-modes future than to examine all-modes conditions? Connect the Gig featured fun, engaging events with an all-modes focus - including in-depth walking tours.
"Get There" Strategies
Connect the Gig is really three projects in one, including a new transportation element (that's planner-speak) for the comprehensive plan. Translation: Fresh new goals and policies to guide City decision-making.
Vehicles are vital, but transportation includes much more, from sunny strolls to trips on foot or by bike. That's why Connect the Gig will create a Non-Motorized Plan - helping improve life away from steering wheels.
Plans may chart a course, but they don't always advise on how to get there. The third part of Connect the Gig will evaluate and recommend a wide range of funding strategies - a "how to" guide for real progress.