The Town of Davidson is excited to announce the beginning of its comprehensive plan process. With the support of the Davidson Board of Commissioners, the process will be guided by a commitment to public engagement and innovation, grounded in the town’s core values emphasizing its traditional character, village-based identity and sense of community, and commitment to achieving a high quality of life for all residents. A full range of stakeholders encompassing the town’s citizens, advisory boards, staff, and community stakeholders such as Davidson College, local schools, nonprofits, businesses, neighborhood representatives, and religious institutions will contribute to this effort. What is a comprehensive plan? It’s the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. In Davidson’s case, it allows our community to understand our historical context, acknowledge immediate concerns, evaluate options for how to best proceed, and move together toward a better future for Davidson. It’s a community-centered process – input from our citizens is critical. “This is a chance for Davidson’s people to say ‘This is who we are’ and ‘This is who we want to be,’” said Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox. “This comprehensive plan is a key element of our 2018-2019 Strategic Plan and it will help us have big conversations about land use, growth and development, historic preservation, economic development, and other livability themes.” The Davidson Board of Commissioners created a committee of elected officials, advisory board members, citizens, and staff to create a request for proposals document and select a consultant to help our town with the comprehensive plan. The committee is in the process of receiving proposals from consultants. Once a consultant is selected and hired (likely in August), we will announce the citizen engagement opportunities for the fall. For more information, including FAQs, please visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org/ComprehensivePlan2018.