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PUBLIC PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES

As described in the Scope Framework in Section 5. we are proposing four public presentations:

Public Presentation 1 – Historic Background Presentation Public Presentation 2 – Initial Charrette Public Presentation 3 – Presentation of Draft Concept Master Plan (Charrette #2) Public Presentation 4 – Final Presentation of Deliverables

The heart of the public presentation process will be the Initial Char- rette. The details of the proposed agenda for the Initial Charrette will be discussed at the Kickoff Meeting and included in MGA/DPZ’s Prelim- inary Paper, as provided in our Scope Framework. With the approval of Township Officials the agenda will be a part of a general invitation for the public to participate in the Charrette. It can be made available to the newsmedia and can be placed on the West Windsor Website. And, if desired by Township Officials, can be included in a mailing/e-mailing to pre-identified stakeholders.

The first presentation will be a visual educational session in Powerpoint format involving historical information on the traditional planning of New Towns and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and the precepts of New Urbanism and Smart Growth, which will be followed by a ques- tion and answer period. The Initial Charrette Agenda will also be pro- vided to participants to encourage them to attend.

The second will be the 1-day Charrette (which we are calling our Ini- tial Charrette). This Charrette will engage the public early in the plan- ning process and allow the Project Team to understand how individual participants envision the community’s goals for the project and local concerns. The mechanism and purposes of this critical Charrette are discussed in detail below.

The third public presentation will be a presentation of the Draft Con- cept Master Plan. This is really a second Charrette. It will be an inter- active presentation in which we will be seeking further response from stakeholders and the public-at-large. This engagement of stakeholders and the public-at-large will be intended to solicit feedback for refin- ing the Draft Plan and for helping to solidify a consensus behind the Plan. The goal will be a Plan that best suits the will of the community and ameliorates concerns from a wide variety of stakeholders: rede- velopment area landowners, immediate neighbors, Township taxpayers, township commuters, regional commuters, environmentalists, and other stakeholders.

MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY

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