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CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: PUBLIC PROCESS

Several methods to engage broad public participation were developed, including pre-charrette presentations reviewing the areas of focus and a series of quality of life categories:

  • 1.

    Land Use

  • 2.

    Zoning

  • 3.

    Urban Character

  • 4.

    Traffic & Transportation

  • 5.

    Parking

  • 6.

    Architecture

  • 7.

    Streetscape

  • 8.

    Infrastructure

  • 9.

    Cultural

  • 10.

    Miscellaneous.

A trio of pre-charrette meetings organized to solicit input from the City's 30-plus volunteer boards were held on November 6 and 17 and December 4, 2001, and drew large numbers of residents as well. These sessions created a public dialogue and set the stage for the event.

The pre-charrette process also included questionnaires handed out at the three sessions and made available on-line. Hundreds of interested parties shared their insights on the key issues. They also answered questions about what they like and dislike about Downtown and North Ponce, what they would do to improve those two areas, and what they envision for their future.

Surveys continued to flow during and after the charrette, giving the public a continuing way of participating in the process. Survey comments have been summarized and are included as an appendix to this report.

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