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6/8/2017
Think Big. Think Brighton: Comprehensive Master Plan
 
 The City of Brighton is undergoing an exciting Comprehensive Master Plan process.  Kicked off at a joint meeting with the Planning Commission, City Council, and Downtown Development Authority, the Comprehensive Master Plan will give the City of Brighton a clear outlook for the future and the tools to get there.

To begin the process, the City is seeking community input.  Giffels Webster, the planning firm overseeing the City’s Master Plan process, has set up a community survey and web portal to track opinions, experiences, and ideas that will help shape the City’s long-term community strategy.  The City encourages participants to think big and outside the box when considering the future of Brighton.  A public open house will likely be scheduled in the fall and will welcome community attendance.

An analysis of existing conditions and public input received throughout the planning process will inform the Comprehensive Master Plan and will also include a Recreation Plan, Complete Streets Plan, and Downtown Development Plan. Incorporating these documents into one tactical blueprint ensures consistency between each plan’s goals and objectives.  From the Master Plan, the City will pursue strategic community policies and priorities.
A Recreation Plan will be implemented to protect and enhance recreation and natural areas for Brighton residents and visitors.  Additionally, a Complete Streets Plan will be included to improve pedestrian access throughout Downtown Brighton and its surrounding neighborhoods.  By creating a Complete Streets Plan, the City will generate goals and objectives that place a high priority on non-motorized transportation and connectivity.  This will include implementation strategies for shared use pathways as well as updated signage and sidewalks.  With the Recreation and Complete Streets Plans in place, the City will become eligible and competitive for various grant funding opportunities.
 
A downtown assessment will be completed to provide a general inventory and analysis for signage, lighting, landscaping, pedestrian amenities, building facades, and site maintenance downtown.  The assessment will be used to assist in developing goals and objectives for the Downtown Development Plan, which will provide design guidelines for development to promote a vibrant, downtown community.  In coordination, an action plan will be enacted to guide a number of downtown development strategies.  The City invites the public to engage throughout the process, in person and through the online tools.