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Voice Your Opinion on the City’s Future Through New Website
The City of Goodyear has launched a new interactive website that allows its residents to have a voice in the City’s future.
The website, www.goodyearconnects.com is now online and allows Goodyear residents to interact by posting ideas, suggestions, and photos in connection to the City – a process that citizens can even do from home.
The ideas, visions, and aspirations people can post in comments or support through poll participation on the site, will help drive the future of Goodyear and three critical planning efforts that will shape the City’s future: The Goodyear 2025 General Plan, the Transportation Master
Plan, and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. These three plans form the foundation for how the community will grow and develop while maintaining a high quality of life and continue to provide quality services.
In the last five months, Goodyear City Council adopted the committee’s proposed general plan that ultimately includes how 160,000 acres or a 247-square-mile radius could be developed.
The plan also will include a wide range of topics including economic development, sustainability, parks, housing, transportation, and land use. “The General Plan Committee is really excited to see this website launch,” said Katie Wilken, project manager for the Goodyear General Plan. “We’re at the beginning of the process and want to make this as easy for the residents as we can. We’re looking forward to seeing what the residents have to say in guiding us into the future.”
While Wilken was unveiling the website during the City Council meeting on February 11, she said, “In no way does this replace the need for public meetings. We’ll still have public meetings over the General Plan, but this is something to be more interactive and if people can’t make it to meetings, they can participate from home.”
In fact, the next General Plan 2025 public meeting is on Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. at Goodyear Justice Center, 185 N. 145th Ave.
Participation, whether online or in person, is essential in ensuring the plans represent the aspirations of the City’s residents and businesses. Links also allow residents to post what their favorite park or restaurant is, as well as post comments about roads and safety concerns.
The General Plan 2025 Committee is preparing to receive more public input with hopes of presenting the plan to City Council for approval in June of 2014 and placing it before voters on the General Election Ballot the following November.
“This is really an exciting time in Goodyear,” said Wilken. “Since 2000, Goodyear has experienced a boom, but like all cities, that slowed down with the economy. We’re set for another boom once the economy comes back strong.”
To encourage public participation on the website, the site also provides residents reward points through the amount of their interactions to win lunch with the Mayor and free tickets to a spring training baseball game at Goodyear Ballpark.
To participate in the Goodyear Connects online community, residents must set up an account to become a member and be eligible to earn reward points.
While speaking about the website during the meeting on February 11, 2013, Mayor Georgia Lord said, “We’ve come a long way. Just a few years ago, we didn’t have anything like this. Goodyear is continuing to grow and we want our citizens to provide their input in what they believe is important.”