Chandler residents urged to access online polls as a way to get involved in helping plan city’s future

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What is the most important investment to maintain the quality of west Chandler and other city neighborhoods? That is the question being asked in a series of monthly online polls planners are using to aid them in updating the city’s General Plan. Residents wishing to participate in the process can visit the project website, www.chandleraz.gov/GPudate, and click on the “Get Involved” tab. The polls are part of a program required of cities at least once every 10 years to readopt or update existing General Plans. Chandler’s current plan was adopted by the City Council and ratified by voters in 2008. While the updating effort will employ traditional community meetings and engagement opportunities, the city early on established a project website, monthly polls and a Planning Lab whereby citizens and stakeholders can provide input into the process. “The monthly polls allow residents to participate in the General Plan update wherever they have access to a computer or mobile device,” said David de la Torre, the city’s Principal Planner overseeing the project. “It’s an easy way for residents to share their thoughts on specific topics during the update process.” The poll questions will change monthly, and in addition to being answered online, can be answered in person by visiting the Chandler Museum, located inside the McCullough-Price House, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. The museum houses project-related materials, including the monthly poll question, allowing visitors the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the project. In addition, residents can interact with city planners in Planning Labs held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the museum. Comments also can be submitted online at www.chandleraz.gov/ GPupdate. The public also is being invited to attend regular General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings and participate in upcoming outreach efforts, including Chandler Vision Fest, a week-long series of events to be held in mid-May aimed at encouraging public participation in the General Plan update process. Committee meeting times and event details will be posted on the City’s website, www.chandleraz.gov

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