Downtown Vision Plan (3MB download)
Downtown Vision Plan Background (20MB download)
Starting October 30, 2008, and continuing into 2009, The Cecil Group held public Community Conversation meetings. It also conducted workshops and interviews with Village government and other stakeholders, including neighborhood, school, business, property owner, historic preservation, open space, clergy, developers, and volunteer group representatives to gather as much information as possible on how South Orange’s business districts should evolve in the future. The process took almost a year to complete, and targeted many issues, including land use and zoning, overall design strategy, traffic patterns, parking, and development in South Orange’s downtown, Irvington Avenue and Valley Street business districts.
The Community Conversations, workshops, and interviews, provided residents, business and property owners, and other stakeholders a unique opportunity to participate in the planning process from the ground up.
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“One of the many aspects of what makes South Orange such a fantastic town is volunteer resident involvement on so many levels,” according to Village President Douglas Newman. “As residents, we now have a unique opportunity to place our signatures on our Village's future by engaging in this visioning process. Through participation in upcoming Community Conversations, we can harness everyone's talent and collectively steer South Orange toward a bright, vibrant, and environmentally-sustainable future."
The Progress Report - South Orange Vision Plan - WMV File
For more information on Smart Growth principles and The Cecil Group, visit http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/osg/publications/changingfacenj.pdf and http://www.cecilgroup.com