Vibrant Neighborhoods: Essential Questions

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Essential Questions for City Initiatives

These essential questions should be considered as a tool to focus on and promote implementation of our Vibrant Neighborhoods vision for applicable City initiatives (refer to Chapter 1):

  1. Support the overall focus of our Vibrant Neighborhoods theme?
  2. Add value and improve the keystone indicators for Vibrant Neighborhoods?
  3. Encourage additional investment or reinvestment in neighborhoods?
  4. Positively contribute to a diversity of attainable housingAttainable housing means decent, attractive, safe, and sanitary accommodation that is affordable for the full spectrum of the city's residents. While a cost of no more than 30% of gross household income is a good rule of thumb for affordability, there will be some circumstances where higher or lower thresholds may be more applicable. choices throughout the city or a particular neighborhoodA geographic sub0area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, the period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements.?
  5. Contribute to the connectivity within and between neighborhoods and to other areas of the city?
  6. Pre-position the neighborhood for new transportation options?
  7. Create options for new gathering areas or centers?
  8. Support the redevelopment of blighted and/or underperforming properties?
  9. Enhance the connection of neighborhoods to trails, parks, open space, and green infrastructure networks?
  10. Enhance cultural, historical, educational, and/or human service opportunities to support neighborhoods?
  11. Support and be consistent with adopted and relevant small area or neighborhood plans?
  12. Plan to be a fiscally responsible, long-term choice for the city and the neighborhood?