What is Together Roswell? Together Roswell is a community-engagement effort to develop a city-wide strategic plan to guide decisions about Roswell’s future. This plan will be rooted in a community vision supported through common values, goals, and objectives. Through Together Roswell, the City of Roswell seeks to listen and to fully understand the perspectives of its community members. The strategic plan will align all aspects of our community life and identify specific actions for Roswell to implement.
What is a strategic plan?A strategic plan is the most fundamental guide for a community’s future. This plan sets a common direction for the city (a vision) based on the needs expressed by community members. Although relatively high-level and broad in nature, the strategic plan is designed to inform more specific policy and decision making in the future. The plan relies on heavy public participation in conversations focused on the future. The Together Roswell process is an opportunity for the entire city to pause, take stock, and define what we want Roswell to be and how we intend to get there. Specifically, the strategic plan will memorialize the vision, values, goals, and objectives of the city for years to come.
Why does Roswell need a strategic plan? Roswell needs a strategic plan to guide the overall vision for the city’s future. Although the city has gone through many other master planning processes for specific projects and initiatives, Roswell has never established one overarching, community-driven vision.
How can I get further involved? The project website includes information about the process and how to get involved. Share your email in the “Get Involved” section to be updated on upcoming meetings and major announcements. This is a community-driven process that will include dozens of opportunities for citizens to get involved. To stay up to date, check out the process website and mark your calendar with the latest opportunities.
How is this different from past or current planning processes? The City of Roswell has established many master plans over the years, but those efforts have addressed specific projects or initiatives, such as the 2035 Comprehensive Plan for Community Development, our Transportation Master Plan, or the Roswell River Parks Master Plan. For the first time ever, the City of Roswell is undertaking the creation of an overall strategic plan. This plan will be unifying, will articulate a vision for the future, and will be a touchstone for all future decisions.
How will this affect me? As a resident, employee, landowner, or other stakeholder, you stand to gain from a well-executed strategic plan. This is especially true if you become active in the process. The city is committed to providing opportunities for anyone who cares about the future of Roswell to get involved. Ultimately, the strategic plan is intended to deliver greater prosperity and quality of life to all. By getting involved, you can help shape the vision and the strategies to achieve it.
Who is leading the planning process, and who is in charge of executing the plan? The process is being led by a project committee made up of residents and business owners from across the city who represent diverse interests, as well as City of Roswell staff and members of Planning NEXT, a strategic planning and visioning firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. They will meet regularly throughout the process to plan outreach activities and set the general direction for the strategic plan. The process will be managed by the City of Roswell’s Office of the City Administrator in collaboration with Planning NEXT. When complete, elected officials will be responsible for adopting and monitoring implementation.
When and where are community meetings, and what will happen there? Community meetings will be held throughout the process. Meeting dates and locations will be provided on the project website, as they are determined. The meetings will be informative and fun. Participants will receive information about the process, but most of the time will be spent in small group discussions and/or completing activities.
Who is invited to community events? The whole community! There will be announcements on social media, through email and other channels to ensure as many people as possible are aware of them.
Can anyone be involved, or do I have to be an expert to contribute ideas? Every member of the Roswell community is welcome and encouraged to participate. By living, working or raising a family in Roswell, you know so much about the community. Your intuition is vital to the strategic plan’s success. Whether you’re just moving to the area or a multi-generational life-long resident, your perspective is important.
How will my input be used? When you contribute an idea, you are contributing directly to the strategic plan. Your ideas will serve as the foundation for the community’s vision, contribute to the plan’s goals, inspire specific actions (like a new project, policy, or program), and set the course for implementation. All input will be objectively recorded, databased, categorized, and analyzed by the planning team. This process will be documented in summary memos after each round of engagement and made public on the project website.
How long will the strategic planning process take? The strategic planning process will be broken up into two distinct phases, the Engagement Phase and the Planning Phase. Once the Engagement Phase is near completion, the city will initiate the Planning Phase. The Engagement Phase is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.