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Public input sought on South Hartmann plans

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The City of Lebanon has extended an invitation to the public to an upcoming pair of meetings focused on the development of the South Hartmann Drive corridor.

The public is encouraged to attend a visioning workshop on the South Hartmann Gateway Plan on Monday, June 26, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. as well as a public open house on Thursday, June 29, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Both the workshop and open house will be held at Lebanon High School.

According to city officials, interested parties should plan to attend both events, as the information and focus will be different. The workshop and open house will be part of "a week of focused work by the consulting team and provide a way to present work and receive ongoing input during a four-day period," a news release issued by the city read.

The public input meetings are part of ongoing work on the South Hartmann Gateway Plan that began in February 2017 by consultants Ragan-Smith Associates to strengthen and enhance South Hartmann Drive. The corridor study area includes the portion of South Hartmann Drive that connects Highway 231 to the West Main Street gateway through the Interstate 40 interchange. The nine-month planning study includes mapping potential land uses, exploring a potential development scenario, identifying cultural and environmental resources along the corridor, identifying possible infrastructure improvements and making market recommendations based on demand for potential uses.

"A key part of this important study for Lebanon is involving as many members of the public as possible to help create the vision for this key thoroughfare for our city," Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash said. "We know South Hartmann Drive is a major front door for Lebanon and has tremendous potential. We installed some infrastructure years ago in expectation of growth along the roadway, and we have seen some growth. However, we believe there is much more to come, and we want to be sure we plan correctly, with a close eye on what our citizens want and need, looking to the future."

The purpose of the June 26 visioning workshop is to hear and document what citizens and stakeholders want to see in the study area. Workshop participants will work together around large maps in small groups at tables on exercises to help identify ideas, opportunities and challenges in the study area. Work from the visioning workshop will be included and used to help formulate the study's results and deliverables, which include a future land use plan, a development scenario, potential industrial, civic and cultural uses, possible infrastructure improvements and market recommendations based on retail and residential uses.

The purpose of the June 29 open house is to present preliminary information to the public and receive feedback. The format of the open house is come-and-go with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will move around the room to view and comment at a series of information stations that will be staffed with a planner and a note-taker. All comments will be logged and shared with the consulting team to be used in further defining and refining the plan.

A Facebook page about the study has been created to provide information and collect feedback. Visit Facebook @southhartmanndriveplan to like the page and for ongoing information.

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