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Vision for Haverhill Comprehensive Plan Concept & Framework

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Vision for Haverhill Comprehensive Plan Concept & Framework

  1. 1. Critical information needed to determine needs/gaps, solutions and spending priorities for Haverhill John Michitson President Haverhill City Council August 19, 2014 “Vision for Haverhill” Comprehensive Plan “A Modern City with a Small-Town Flavor”
  2. 2.  Economic & Cultural  Growth & Sustainability  Educational  Public Safety  Public Services  Physical/Infrastructure  Financial  A flexible road map for the Mayor and City Council to plan infrastructure expenditures, school priorities, zoning revisions and new city ordinances  Also a road map for developers and business to be able to accurately target their investments and now be able to predict how the city will grow around them KEY TOPICS TO ADDRESS IN LONG RANGE PLAN INFO NEEDED TO ADDRESS TOPICS
  3. 3.  Pieces of a Comprehensive Plan have already emerged in various settings ◦ But the whole picture needs to be pulled together into a statement that gives more guidance to all our institutions and sectors  Mayor has led several effective re-zoning initiatives  The Water/Wastewater Departments generally provide sufficient planning information to make sound decisions ◦ A good model for other departments
  4. 4.  Economic & Cultural  Growth & Sustainability  Educational  Public Safety  Public Services  Physical/Infrastructure  Financial  In general, insufficient information provided to determine:  Priorities (especially inter-departmental)  Cost tradeoffs of alternatives  Alignment with community’s vision and view of needs  Actions in queue, postponed or dropped  Evaluation of provided services and infrastructure improvements Generally Insufficient Information KEY TOPICS TO ADDRESS IN LONG RANGE PLAN INFO NEEDED TO ADDRESS TOPICS
  5. 5. Haverhill Community Long Term Vision, Mission Short Term Action Plan (2 Year) Delivery & Evaluation Service & Physical Needs Services & Physical Projects Perf. Data & Results Budget Loan Orders/ Transfers/ Ordinance Actions Postponed or Dropped Actions in Queue : already in place Needs/Gaps Strategies/ Solutions
  6. 6. Long Term Vision, Mission Financial Plan & Outlook Land Use, Urban Design & Transportation Quality of Life Services Physical, Facilities & Infrastructure Growth & Sustainability Housing Needs/Gaps, following areas: Zoning Code Overhaul Quality-of-Life Strategies & Solutions: a. Public Education programs b. Public Safety initiatives c. Small business assistance d. New Business recruitment e. Cultural programs f. Open Space and Recreation Plan f. Civic engagement program Projections/ Outlook Financial Plan (10 Year)
  7. 7.  Mesh economy, culture & physical: ◦ Economy  Planning for and encouraging the businesses and institutions which drive Haverhill's economic metabolism ◦ Culture  Identity - How we present ourselves to the outside world. History. The arts, theater, museums, our creative economy ◦ Physical  Working with our geography and evolving infrastructure, co-locate Economic and Cultural elements in way that creates a Haverhill that resembles the vision and is self- sustaining and growing
  8. 8.  Lowering crime rate  Improving public education  Proactive economic development and job creation  Maintenance and capital improvements for facilities, infrastructure & vehicles  Combined sewer overflow mandate  Storm water management  Capping of old land fill mandate  Zoning for medical marijuana facilities  Growth and sustainability guidelines  New finance committee : underway
  9. 9.  Leverage Harbor Place development and anchor tenant UMASS/Lowell to: ◦ Create a city focal point ◦ Attract complementary new employers to downtown & business parks  Provide jobs  Increase city revenue ◦ Enhance public education  How?
  10. 10.  What’s in it for us?  Objective is to create 1000 new jobs and attract $3M in new revenue to Haverhill’s industrial base by 2020 Computer & Research Drive: • 2 Lots • Each Lot is $250K Recurring Revenue Opportunity Hilldale Business Park: • Several undeveloped Lots • MVPC Priority Area for Development Example Opportunities in Business Parks
  11. 11.  Government ◦ Mayor ◦ City Economic Development and Planning Director ◦ City Finance Director ◦ City Council ◦ Schools ◦ State and Federal Delegations ◦ Merrimack Valley Planning Commission ◦ Mass Development ◦ Massachusetts Technology Collaborative  Academic ◦ NECC, UMASS/Lowell  Grassroots groups ◦ Academic, small business, residents, cultural, etc.  Local Interest Groups and Civic Organizations ◦ Chamber of Commerce, Greater Haverhill Foundation, Team Haverhill, Creative Haverhill, Haverhill Historical Commission, etc. Appointed by Mayor
  12. 12.  Thanks to the “self-formed” team: ◦ Matthew Juros ◦ Michael Drossos ◦ Jeffrey Linehan ◦ James DiBurro ◦ Alice Mann ◦ Lisa Fitzpatrick ◦ John Michitson
  13. 13. Comprehensive Plan Document Who will provide documents? (until CY15) Who will provide documents? (as of CY15) Vision & Mission Mayor/Department Heads/Superintendent Vision for Haverhill Committee  Seek Funding  Preliminary Plan -$30K  See backup slide- process Needs/Gaps Mayor/Department Heads/Superintendent Vision for Haverhill Committee Strategies/Solutions Mayor/Department Heads/Superintendent Vision for Haverhill Committee Financial Plan/Outlook Finance Director Finance Director 2-Year Action Plan Mayor Mayor Budget Review Mayor (City Council Approval) Mayor (City Council Approval) Actions in Queue Mayor Mayor Actions Delayed/ Dropped Mayor Mayor Evaluation/Performance Mayor/Department Heads Mayor/Department Heads
  14. 14.  Send letter to Mayor requesting the following information by the end of CY14: ◦ Identification of needs/gaps  Supported by evaluation of performance data ◦ Strategies/Solutions – including alternatives ◦ 2-Year Action Plan  Basis for FY16 Budget ◦ Update every 6 months  Refer “Vision for Haverhill” Comprehensive Plan to Administration & Finance Committee for Action ◦ Invite Mayor and Superintendent of Schools

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