New Comprehensive Plan needs community involvement

Monday, May 16, 2011

Web site is virtual town hall meeting

Do you have an idea for a project - large or small - that could help make Cherokee a better community? The City of Cherokee wants to hear from you. The City of Cherokee is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan, and has partnered with Community ReDesigned to launch an extensive public outreach campaign to get Cherokee residents involved in defining the future of the community. The project will cover lots of information and there will be several opportunities to get involved, both in person and through the web.

Beginning May 17, the project will launch, a virtual town hall event that invites anyone interested in Cherokee to submit practical, creative and resourceful ideas for improving the city. The Virtual Town Hall is powered by MindMixer, an innovative web platform developed that allows the public to generate ideas, help others evolve their ideas and ultimately support their favorite ideas.

"It's a great way to involve greater numbers of citizens in any community planning process at their convenience, from their own home," said Don Eikmeier, Cherokee's Administrator. "It allows for those people unable to attend the meetings to still have a voice in the process." And for those not as comfortable with technology, several opportunities will be provided during the next few months to offer your ideas as well.

Project ideas are sought in five areas:

Transportation & Public Facilities

Community Health & Sustainability

Land Use & Economic Development

Housing & Neighborhoods

Community Appearance

"The Comprehensive Plan will create a new vision for the City of Cherokee," says Mayor Mark Murphy "and we want as many people as possible involved in determining that vision. Our task is to set goals for the benefit of our future generations. We want to include the excitement and imagination of our youth and the wisdom and work ethic of our seniors." The Virtual Town Hall will go live May 17. Anyone interested in submitting project ideas can do so until the end of June. Users can submit as many ideas as they like. After submitting their ideas, users have the opportunity to help others improve their ideas, and ultimately the community will identify the best ideas through their support. You must be age 14 or older to submit a project idea. If you do not have access to a computer, citizens are encouraged to utilize the public computers at the Library.

All ideas and recommendations will be reviewed by an Advisory Board that will make its recommendations to the City's Planning and Zoning Board and then to the City Council. Citizens are encouraged to watch for meeting announcements and other events, to be published in the Chronicle Times, Radio KCHE, and at

All those who submit ideas to this new website: and/or attend meetings, will be rewarded with community points. Citizens will be able to redeem these points for small prizes throughout the summer.

For more information, contact Don Eikmeier at or at 712 225-5749.

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