The city's "Envision Mexico" website is "on fire," according to online chatter. Last Friday, the online conversation had 957 hits from local residents offering their insight about the future of Mexico.
The website is part of the city's desire to develop a 20-year Comprehensive Plan. The Hoefer Wasocki Architect Firm was hired in December to assist the city in designing its plan, and has since held team meetings, taken city tours and held a Comprehensive Plan meeting to introduce themselves and garner community comment.
Local residents attending the Comprehensive Plan meeting shared their opinions for Mexico's future. Now, the community is being urged to visit the website EnvisionMexico.org to complete a short survey that will help HWA and the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee to narrow the priorities that are most important to the community.
The ideas currently posted suggests everything from more mid-to-upscale rental properties, white-collar positions, family-type restaurants, ideas concerning teens and tweens, economic development strategy, the consolidation of human services, the career center, better snow removal from downtown streets and beautification, to a dog park and no-kill animal shelter.
Once the survey runs its course, the ideas will be reviewed by the advisory committee and HWA, feedback will b given and then the best ideas will be implemented.
City Manager Bruce Slagle said the Comprehensive Plan is "a road map to achieve the kind of future that is desired by you and your neighbors. Your input is important to its success."
Hoefer Wasocki team member Brian Hamilton told The Mexico Ledger that by summer the city should be going through the adoption process with city council. The online survey was launched in January, and is slated to run two more months.
The HWA teams plans to return to Mexico to glean more direct input before moving on to select a certain direction.
For more information about the city's website, or to offer your opinion for Mexico's future visit EnvisionMexico.org.