A group of about 40 citizens gathered Thursday night to give their comments and opinions to the comprehensive planning process that is currently underway in Goshen. The meeting's focus was on “People, Neighborhoods, and Housing,” and it began at 6:30 p.m. at the Rieth Center on Plymouth Ave. with assistant city planner Abby Wiles presenting a series of statistical facts regarding the population and economy in the city. One of the findings of the Planning Department's preliminary research was that the city is heavily manufacturing-oriented and has a lower median household income than other, similar-sized cities regionally.
It was the economy's manufacturing predominance that allowed for a national partnership of sorts with the American Planning Association (APA), Wiles said. The APA has chosen Goshen as one of its pilot communities in its Sustaining Places Initiative, which aims to determine the applicability of national sustainability standards to local planning contexts.
After the introduction, five volunteers took turns gathering input at five stations focusing on specific topics ranging from city services and housing to sustainability. To do so, the attendees were divided into five groups who rotated between the stations.
The meeting was the third of four public meetings the City will undertake to gain public input in the planning process. The first two focused on quality of life and local economic development efforts. The final public meeting will be held at the Goshen Public Library on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on land use, transportation, and infrastructure.