Location: Somerton, AZ
Michael Baker International was selected to complete a General Plan Update for the City of Somerton, AZ. The project focused on "Re-Envisioning" Somerton by establishing a future land use, circulation, park/trails and housing policies, mapping and actionable implementation strategies to help guide development over the next 20 to 25 years. The project incorporated an extensive public involvement effort that included interviews with community leaders, sterring committee members, and City staff; organizing many public workshops that incorproated interactive audience response technology. several engagement methods were used to elicit feedback during these meetings including the use of hand-held polling technology, which allowed participants to "vote" on key issues and see in real time the preferred alternative. In addition, it was important to accommodate the City's diverse population. All public involvement services and materials were provided in both English and Spanish.