Frederica Merrell of the North Beacon Hill Planning Advisory Committee, a group formed to address issues connected with the city’s intended revamp of the North Beacon Hill neighborhood plan, sends this status report regarding the committee:
Last call for innovative proposals for our neighborhood plan update! The City is still proceeding at a rapid pace to complete our update this fall. Our last community meeting with the City is coming up in September (date unannounced yet). If people want to get a general or specific recommendation on any topic in the plan, it needs to get to the City pronto.
A small group of folks from the diligent North Beacon Hill Planning Advisory committee met with Councilmembers Sally Clark and Tim Burgess and Lyle Bicknell (our man in the planning department) to talk about the process and next steps. There was a lot of baffling lack of clarity about dates and next steps. No notes from the last big meeting held in May have been provided to the community. It seems clear that DPD is making it up as they go along and is probably having a really hard time keeping up with their own timeline.
Anyway, one thing that did come out is if people have anything more they want to say, like putting up kiosks, or under-grounding ugly power lines, or doing a business district plan, now is the time. Why would it be good to have the idea documented in our plan update? Items in neighborhood plans have priority for funding when money pots (kinda like honey pots) become available.
I would be happy to pass your ideas on to Lyle verbatim. Or you can send them to him via e-mail. Or you can come visit with him in person at our next important meeting of the North Beacon Hill Planning Advisory Committee on August 20th at El Centro, room 307, 7-9 PM. The meeting is open to all and we have a bigger room than usual courtesy of El Centro.
Lyle has agreed to come to the planning meeting and give us a preview of the ideas that DPD is proposing for our plan update, based on the May meeting. In other words, the general process this time around for getting ideas in our plan is: get your idea to Lyle, he waves a magic City wand over it and transforms in to something (we don’t know what yet) and then it gets presented in September to the community to comment on.
So while the heat is clearing and your brain signal is increasing in strength, put your idea on a piece of paper or e-mail. I will print all blog posts with ideas for Lyle and give them to him on the 20th. Come in person if you make it!
North Beacon Hill Planning Advisory Committee