Springfield Mayor Announces Comprehensive Plan Advisory Team

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure has announced the list of people he invited to be part of a community-wide group advising the city’s comprehensive plan process.

The group, called Forward SGF, will be chaired by former Springfield City Councilman and physician Dr. Tom Prater.

“The work of this team is going to be vital,” Mayor McClure said in a statement. “I am very thankful for Dr. Prater and the team’s willingness to serve their community.”

Those receiving the Mayor’s invitation are:

  • Tom Prater, Chair – Zone 2
  • David Atkisson – Zone 4
  • Laurel Bryant  –  Zone 2
  • Brad Erwin –   County 
  • Leslie Forrester –  Zone 2
  • Tammy Jahnke  –   County
  • Britton Jobe – Zone 4
  • Amy Kern Stanfield – Zone 3
  • Ashley Norgard –  Zone 4
  • Dee Ogilvy – Zone 1
  • Daniel Ogunyemi-  Zone 2
  • John Oke-Thomas –  County
  • Paige Oxendine  – Zone 3
  • Danny Perches  – County
  • Pete Radecki –  Zone 1
  • Tom Rankin –  Zone 4 
  • Robin Robeson-  Zone 4
  • Tim Rosenbury – Zone 4
  • Debbie Shantz Hart  – Zone 2
  • Amanda Stadler –  Zone 1
  • Susie Turner –  Zone 2
  • Judy Wyrick – Zone 3
  • Becky Volz – Zone 1

The slate of committee members will be presented to city council for consideration in a resolution at the August 12 Council meeting.

A statement from the city said that Forward SGF will be looking at a variety of questions similar to the ones examined for the city’s Vision 20/20 plan. Examples given include:

  • What is the overall vision for the community over the next 20 years?
  • What is the preferred growth pattern for the community?
  • Should the city’s boundaries be expanded to include areas that have developed or will develop at urban densities?
  • What should be done to improve our transportation systems – streets, sidewalks and trails?
  • How do we accommodate commercial growth and protect vulnerable neighborhoods?
  • How do we create places that encourage personal interaction and build community pride?
  • What types of housing are needed currently and how will demographic trends impact future needs?
  • How can existing codes be improved to better influence land use and opportunities for development and redevelopment?
  • How do we improve the overall identity, appearance and character of the community?
  • What land use decisions can improve overall community health?
  • What actions should we take to attract and retain a talented workforce and new families?

The comprehensive planning process is expected to take 18 to 24 months. In addition to input from the Forward SGF advisory team, members of the Springfield community will also be given opportunities to contribute to the process.

Three community workshops have been scheduled:

Workshop #1: Sept. 4 at Northview Center (301 E Talmage St.) – 6-8 p.m.

Workshop #2: Sept. 5 at the Forward SGF Planning Studio (351 N. Boonville Ave) – 2-4 p.m.

Workshop #3: Sept. 5 at Kickapoo High School (3710 South Jefferson Ave.) – 6-8 p.m.

There will also be a “kickoff event” for the Forward SGF committee at the Springfield Art Museum on Tuesday, August 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. where some limited input can be provided from citizens.

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