The first public meeting for the City’s Comprehensive Plan update will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center, rooms 207-208.
Design Workshop has been selected by the City of Hot Springs to work with city staff, leaders, and residents to create Envision Hot Springs, an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The project will integrate all previous and ongoing plans with new features, policy recommendations, and development strategies for generations ahead. Together, Design Workshop, city leaders, and the community will determine how Hot Springs can evolve into an even more dynamic, prosperous and enjoyable place to live.
“Hot Springs is special; we want to promote a built environment that reflects Hot Springs, its unique landscape and culture by providing better housing choices and urban design, by preserving and promoting character, by protecting historical assets, by providing walkable streets and adequate parking, and through equitable access to common goods and services,” said Kathy Sellman, City of Hot Springs planning director. “A key goal is to help improve dialogue, collaboration and a shared sense of purpose with Garland County.”
Those who attend the public meeting will help answer questions about what things in Hot Springs they would like to see preserved or changed. Anyone living or working in Hot Springs is welcome to attend. “You do not have to be an expert to participate,” said Sellman. For more information, contact Sellman or Rick Stauder at 501-321-6650.
The nine-month process to create the Comprehensive Plan update will include a robust civic engagement process, whereby Design Workshop will discover insights from our citizens on what makes Hot Springs such a special place. The plan, once completed, will guide investment across a wide range of areas, including transportation, parks, utilities, public services, historic preservation and land use guidelines. Prioritized for near-term, mid-term and long-term actions, the plan’s recommendations will help the City elevate the quality of life and potential for its citizens, while protecting and nurturing the many things that make Hot Springs unique.
About Design Workshop
Design Workshop is an international landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm. For five decades, Design Workshop has worked with clients in North America and throughout the world on projects that have shaped communities including recent comprehensive plans for Asheville, North Carolina; Bristol, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and New Braunfels, Texas.