PlanCheyenne in Wyoming is a comprehensive planning project that combines transportation, land-use and parks and recreation planning. PlanCheyenne aims to create a vibrant, walkable community that preserves the town.s Western character and reflects the growing needs of its 74,000 residents.
Its innovative approach has already garnered state and national recognition. In October 2005, the Wyoming Planners Association named PlanCheyenne.s coordinator, 28-year-old Matt Ashby of the Metropolitan Planning Office, Planner of the Year. Just a few months before, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Cheyenne was selected for the Smart Growth Program, which will provide the city with expertise on how to achieve its development vision. Cheyenne was one of five cities selected for the program, beating out 51 other cities.
The Cheyenne Area Comprehensive Plan is developing ways to effectively plan for future growth by integrating parks and recreation considerations with its neighborhood plan. The plan includes mixed-use activity centers that promote walkable environments and less reliance on motorized travel.
Perhaps most unique is PlanCheyenne.s commitment to inviting input from the greater community and creating a collective vision of the town.s future. Planners provide many opportunities for citizens to be involved, encouraging property owners, nonprofit organizations, developers, youth, senior citizens, neighborhood representatives and others to contribute. Up-to-date information is featured on an interactive Web site (www.plancheyenne.com), which includes maps, survey questions and information about each phase of the project.
Create a smart growth community through an integrated planning process