DC Ranch Master Plan
As part of the strategic planning initiative, DCR2020, DC Ranch Community Council created a Master Plan Committee (MPC) consisting of ten residents representing each of the four villages, a Community Council Board representative and three Community Council staff members. A master plan is a long-term document that guides future growth and development. The MPC began meeting in fall 2019 to identify and prioritize the top amenity needs for the community.
“A resident-driven master plan that sets the course for addressing our community’s capital needs in a sustainable, financially reasonable and thoughtful fashion is essential to remaining a vibrant and relevant community that is prepared to serve current and future generations of residents,” shares Jenna Kohl, Executive Director for the Community Council.
The MPC’s objective is to facilitate a process to develop a master plan that considers the existing significant body of input from DC Ranch residents, board, and staff and addresses facility and amenity needs. As part of the process, the Committee will evaluate the community centers, Market Street Park, administrative and other office space, maintenance services, paths and trails and other amenities that embody the mission and core services of DC Ranch.
During three meetings, the Committee utilized data from community surveys, the DCR2020 Strategic Plan focus groups and feedback, Programming Open House feedback and word of mouth to identify future amenity improvements for DC Ranch that will address resident needs, now and into the future. The Committee evaluated existing DC Ranch facilities, including the community centers, administrative offices, and paths and trails; reviewed many years of resident feedback and community data; assessed offerings at comparable communities; and considered amenities provided by other area agencies. Projects include improvements such as an expanded fitness center and additional multi-use meeting spaces.
In January 2020, staff and the Committee presented the preliminary recommendations to the Community Council Board, seeking support to move forward with the next steps, including an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on the Committee’s findings. After the Committee gathers additional resident input, the next phase could include concept plans and project costing, both for capital and on-going operational expenses.
With the onset of the pandemic, the master plan initiative was put on hold to allow for staff resources to be focused on adapting to service provision and to assess the direction of the plan in light of changes related to the pandemic. In November 2020, the Committee reconvenes to review the existing plan and an RFP (request for proposals) for a professional analysis of existing needs and available space. The RFP will also ask for concept plans for addressing the priorities outlined in the master plan. A robust resident engagement process will take place where residents can review and weigh in on the proposals.
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