Planning is one of the most important steps a neighborhood can take to become healthier, safer and economically stronger. By bringing together residents, leaders and community development experts, a neighborhood can set goals for its future, decide on its priorities and get the wheels toward positive changes.
A good plan helps to harness the energy and creativity of the community, and can make a substantial and visible difference in a short amount of time. Planning is a big effort, but it has big payoffs.
Through out the planning process an interactive map has been designed to assist in gathering data, input, questions and concerns. By using the interactive map to capture community remarks input may be “tacked”right on the map. Data to be gathered includes:
- Where participants live
- Where participants work
- Best and Worst parts of the Neighborhood
- Crime hotspots
- Where kids play, participants shop and get thier healthcare
- and More…
The Planning Handbook
This Planning Handbook is a guide to the Rockford Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning process. It describes how to go about envisioning a great neighborhood along with the necessary steps in developing a complete plan.
The Planning Handbook is a tool that interested community residents and service providers can use to help build a plan.
The Handbook describes the elements of a good plan, the steps to be taken to develop it, and the role of the community and planning professionals in preparing the plan. Click HERE to download a copy.
Our Transformation Plan translated the three goals of the Choice Neighborhoods Program – Housing, People and Neighborhoods – into a strategy for revitalization. Many thanks to all who helped create this living transformation guide book! Download your copy here: 2014 Ellis Heights Transformation Plan
This plan will direct investments, demonstrate the commitment among a range of public and private partners to address interdependent neighborhood challenges, utilize data to set and monitor progress toward implementation goals, and engage community stakeholders and residents in meaningful decision-making roles.