OGDEN -- The city has a vision for what the Jefferson Community could look like in the future, and area residents will have a chance to shape that vision.
On Tuesday, the city council will hold a special meeting to consider the proposed Jefferson Community Plan. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Marshall White Center, 222 28th St. The public is urged to attend the meeting and provide any comments they have regarding the plan.
The vision was developed by the city planning commission after several meetings with community members and help from a steering committee.
Essentially, the plan establishes a guide to future physical land-use patterns and desired attributes of the neighborhood, which is defined as the area from 27th Street to 36th Street and from Washington Boulevard to Pacific Avenue.
The plan is vast and comprehensive but focuses on three major topic areas: land use, open space and pathways, and transportation.
The plan states that preserving the existing single-family nature of the neighborhood, while improving the overall quality of homes and other structures, is a central priority.
To that end, the city would consider developing incentive programs to increase homeownership in the community, offer home improvement grants, strategic zoning changes and improved code enforcement.
The plan also places an emphasis on commercial corridors throughout the neighborhood, using such strategies as the development of landscaped parkways and the use of public art and murals.
The plan also notes the importance of preserving historic structures within the neighborhood, enhancing and improving local parks and open spaces and enhancing local arterial and collector streets.
The recommendations in the plan will be used to guide future ordinances, programs, capital improvements and other city policy implementation mechanisms.
The full plan, which provides detailed improvement strategies, can be viewed at www.ogdencity.com.
Ogden City Council Chairman Bart Blair said Tuesday's meeting is a chance for residents to let the council and the city know what they'd like to see happen within their community.
"The community planning process is an important tool used to outline future efforts and projects within our city, Blair said. "This will serve as a guide to shape the future of the Jefferson Community over the next several years."