The Longview Comprehensive Plan addresses the significant challenges the City faces over the next 20 years and focuses on what the City hopes to achieve; recommendations addressing transportation, parks, public facilities, economic development, neighborhood livability and growth management; and findings and implementation actions to achieve. The planning team provided thoughtful and realistic strategies to assess and manage future annexation opportunities for maximum benefit to the City’s goals. Planners also responded to concerns about inclusiveness, implementing robust public outreach, which led to significant community input.
Over the 18-month planning period, in a city of 81,000, almost 4,000 people participated in the planning process. The 24 members of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) met eight times, including a bus tour of Longview. There was a strong social media effort, including Facebook, a web page and online surveys, to accompany traditional methods of outreach, including media releases and communication with community groups.
Throughout this process, the planning team – City staff, CPAC, and consultants – studied ideas and comments to identify themes and activities that will guide Longview’s development through the next decades. The three-phase process touched all corners of Longview, including sensitive areas regarding future annexations. The plan was presented and approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 17 and adopted by the Longview City Council March 12, 2015.
This project was awarded the 2015 Comprehensive Planning Award by the American Planning Association Texas Chapter.