Superior has a plan for its future.
The city's comprehensive plan steering committee wrapped up its work Wednesday, Nov. 10, with few minor changes to be made.
The plan will be presented to the Superior Plan Commission at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, with plans for a public meeting Dec. 1 and a public hearing Dec. 15 before it’s considered for adoption.
The plan identifies issues and opportunities for housing, transportation, community facilities, land use, natural and cultural resources, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation, coastal resources and hazard mitigation. It includes an implementation strategy to help the city achieve its goals.
“Something that impressed me throughout the process was how hands on all of the commissioners were,” Mayor Jim Paine said. “It was a really engaging process. … Folks made real decisions and put a real vision into this plan.”
As an elected official, Councilor Ruth Ludwig said the plan will be something city officials can reference to determine if proposals before the council reflect what the community really wants.
“This has been eye-opening just to learn what you go through to design and come up with to actually implement the plan,” said Jocelyn Skandel, of Superior Water, Light and Power. She said she had no idea what to expect when she joined the steering committee.
Since January, the steering committee has held numerous sessions with the public to gather residents' vision for the city’s future.
In July, Ashby Rawstern, of Embark Supported Employment, identified affordable and accessible housing as a challenge for Superior. Among the strategies to be implemented is to increase housing equity by providing housing for all income levels, age and abilities. The plan calls for the city to enhance its homeownership programs for first-time and low-income homebuyers; share and publicize funding information with residents and potential residents; and promote development of low-income housing and to work with the private sector to create opportunities.
“I think this document is actionable, implementable; it’s a tangible document the city can really use for the next 10 years,” said Nick Raverty, the mayor’s chief of staff.
The plan includes strategies for enhancing the city’s transportation network using data; maintaining and expanding facilities for pedestrian and bike travel; enhancing opportunities to connect with nature and Lake Superior; investing in community infrastructure to spur private investment; and encouraging a diverse workforce.
“I hope we put an aspirational plan forward,” said Ron Chicka, of the Metropolitan Interstate Council.