The City of Grove is inviting residents to participate in developing the City's new comprehensive plan update. The new plan will provide Grove with an updated vision and goals for the future direction of the City. The planning process is an exciting opportunity that welcomes the entire community's help in defining the key principles and policies that will guide their City's decision making and development for the next 20 years, through 2040.

Residents can now provide their feedback on what the future of Grove looks like by taking an online visual survey. During the survey, residents will rate a series of images based on their visual preferences for various community features, such as parks, housing and neighborhood characteristics, and streetscapes.

Residents can also attend an informal open house on Thursday, October 24, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. During the open house, residents can view displays, talk with one Comprehensive Plan team members one-on-one, and share their thoughts on and recommendations for Grove's vision statement, its values, areas of interest, and future.

Community input is an important part of the comprehensive planning process and ensures the plan integrates the visions and goals that are most important to Grove residents. These upcoming activities follow a community visioning survey, held in July, where residents shared their feedback on Grove's values and aspirations for the future. Results from this effort helped inform the draft for the City's new vision statement, which will be available at the open house. As the process moves forward, the City will continue to share results and solicit feedback from its residents.

The City of Grove is partnering with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and Guernsey to complete the comprehensive planning process. IBTS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on strengthening communities and has worked with local communities across Oklahoma and the country on developing and updating their comprehensive plans.

Contact Doug Moore, dmoore@ibts.org or 580-461-0911 with questions about the public open house, visual survey, or the comprehensive planning process. Residents can learn more about the visual survey on the City's website at https://www.cityofgroveok.gov/community/page/comprehensive-plan-new line-survey-using-pictures or access the survey directly at http://bit.ly/grove-survey2.