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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Windsor Seeks Community Input on Town’s Draft Strategic Plan, Introduces Online Engagement Platform

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Windsor’s Town Board first adopted a strategic plan in 2008. Since then, its Mayor, Town Board and staff have participated in revising the Strategic Plan every few years to outline a vision and goals for Windsor’s future, taking into account the community’s most current growth and economic trends. With the last plan revised in 2018 and three newly elected Town Board members and a new Mayor, the Town of Windsor is once again revising its Strategic Plan and working to gather public feedback on the draft plan.

With regard to COVID-19 guidelines, the town is offering several ways for residents and business owners to participate. This year’s effort is called “Windsor 2025: Guiding Our Future.”

In Person Meeting Options

Residents can attend the Windsor 2025: Guiding Our Future draft Strategic Plan meeting on Thursday, August 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Community Recreation Center, 250 11th St. (Room TBD). During this meeting, residents can meet in-person with Town Board members and staff to discuss their thoughts during this open house-style meeting. Residents can stop by at their convenience. The event will also feature a formal presentation at 5 p.m. which will be recorded and rebroadcast on the website and on cable television Channel 8. Attendees and organizers are encouraged to observe current COVID-19 best practices. Masks will be available to attendees.

Residents can also visit Town Hall between Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to review the draft plan, talk to town staff and provide in-person feedback.

Lastly, residents can stop by the August 15, Farmer’s Market at the Boardwalk Park Farmer’s Market pavilion between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to review the plan and provide feedback.

In-person meeting details are subject to change per potential COVID-19 restrictions.

Introducing Project Connect: A Virtual Platform for Collecting Public Feedback

Due to COVID-19, the town has been exploring online virtual engagement platforms that would allow staff to inform, engage and collect feedback from residents and business owners in a safe environment that is not reliant on face-to-face participation.

On Monday, August 10, Windsor will launch Project Connect. This new virtual platform provides a one-stop shop for virtual public engagement that is most effectively used for gaining public comment during visioning projects. Residents can review the draft Strategic Plan and provide online feedback from their mobile device or home computer. Residents can create an account and begin sharing their opinions on the draft Strategic Plan on Monday, August 10 at https://www.windsorprojectconnect.com.

“We’re encouraging our community to share their vision for Windsor any way they can,” said Town Manager Shane Hale. “This plan will provide the strategic guideposts for Windsor through 2025 and as a town that values public participation, we want to make sure we provide as many safe options for input as we can. Project Connect will serve as a great tool for those who feel more comfortable with an online option.”

The draft Strategic Plan will post to https://www.windsorprojectconnect.com on Monday, August 10 before noon and the comment period ends at midnight, Sunday, August 16.

Through Project Connect, Windsor staff hopes residents and business owners will have a safe, virtual and accessible environment to participate in community discussion on various Windsor projects and topics from the comfort of their computer or mobile device at a time and place that best suits their schedules. In return, staff hope to gather better information from the public, which will be used in the town’s planning and budgeting process. While in-person meetings will continue to be an important factor in the planning process, town staff hope that Project Connect helps involve more community members in their local government and its planning processes.

Regarding the draft Strategic Plan, there will also be a video rebroadcast of the formal presentation on WTV8 on Friday, August 14, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and it will be available all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at https://wtv8.windsorgov.com/.

The public comment period ends at midnight on Aug. 16 and the final draft of the Strategic Plan goes before Windsor’s Mayor and Town Board on Monday, Sept. 14 for final approval and adoption.

All Strategic Plan public meeting information and additional ways to participate will be posted to the new project portal at https://www.windsorprojectconnect.com.

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