Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce EDC Committee Work Plan

 

As part of an ongoing effort to grow the business community of Boonton, Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes, the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce would set forth the following steps to form a proactive commercial revitalization effort for each of the communities. This is reflected in a Work Plan that is summarized below.

 

Objectives are driven by the mandates established under the latest Master Plans and enhancements derived from further research and community interests. Preservation of historic elements, the enhancement of historic central theme, should be critical element of the Plan’s revitalization effort.

 

Given past and current identity as a transportation crossroads, revitalization also embraces the designation as a "Transit Village", aligned with with a  Transportation Research Center and Railroad Museum. Other elements of the Plan focus is on community recreation, central parks, green technology, energy conservation, and infrastructure upgrades.

 

Fundamentally, revitalization must solve the critical concerns of creating jobs, providing business real estate, reducing tax burden, solving infrastructure issues related to parking, road/traffic circulation, providing residential housing for seniors and young adults, while revitalizing legacy of cultural arts, while enhancing pedestriian friendly and live-work-play environments.

 

The TTCC EDC Committee with limited staff would focus its efforts on revitalization planning for the Town of Boonton, that has collected significant data on the community and previous assessed revitalization strategies.  Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes with member support can implement parallel efforts of collecting current economic data and define commercial areas of each community.

 

References:

Boonton Master Plan, 1998

Boonton Master Plan Re-Examination, 2008

TTCC Survey Results

MCEDC Report

 

 

Committee Work Plan Elements

To meet that challenge the TTCC has developed a Work Plan involving  four major elements, as further detailed below:

1.    Research and Assessment involving data gathering (Master Plans; surveys; county, state and federal programs; other EDC organizations-programs-lessons learned); compilation of the data and its assessment of each town’s redevelopment.

 

2.   Community interactions, feedback, and consensus building; employing direct stakeholder presentations focused on their respective interests, impact and benefits; invitation to the overall community to participate in a Charrette Workshop to arrive at a preliminary Commercial Revitalization Plan (CRP)

 

3.   Presentation of a Commercial Revitalization Plan to the community and government officials  (specifically the Planning Board and Municipal Boards) for final review, modification and acceptance.

 

4.   Implementation of the final Commercial Revitalization Plan (CRP).

 

Develop a relationship with government organization via the Government Liaison Committee to appreciate their perspectives and utilize the platform to provide revitalization insight and gain feedback.

 

A Charrette Review Process is applied to stimulate a community public and stakeholders dialog, as a means to derive answers and build consensus/agreement on a preliminary revitalization plan. It attempts to do this in four perspectives of:

 

1. Review/confirm criteria for defining respective

    plan requirements.

 

2. Assess/validate the revitalization requirement,

    it’s value, and potential to be achieved.

 

3. Review/confirm implementation means is

    effective and realistic.

 

4. Compromise/modify/finalize a formal plan for

     formal government approval

 

Charrette Review Process for the

Commercial Revitalization Plan (CRP)

The charrette process is employed to build a consensus among the public and stakeholders to derive a CRP for submittal to the community government for approval.

 

Over several months the public and stakeholder representatives would gather in an open forum dialog to address

Step 1:  Intro to Charrette Process, Review Current

              Community Status, Master Plan/Other

              Revitalization Planning Applications and

              Recommendations

Step 2: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and

              Threats (SWOT) Analysis

Step 3: Define Revitalization Vision, Mission,

             Goals, and Expectations

Step 4: Define the Historical/Technology Innovation

             Goals and Objectives of Revitalization

Step 5: Define the Infrastructure/Parking/Pedestrian

              Environment/Safety Goals and Objectives for

              Revitalization

Step 6: Define a Revitalization Organization, Stake-

             holder Participation & Responsibilities

Step 7: Review/Assess Economic Status/Financial

              Requirements Status Goals and Objectives

              for \Revitalization

Step 8: Address/Establish the Strategic Issues for

             Revitalization

Step 9: Review/Refine the Revitalization Plan

             Outline and General Content Requirements

Step 10: Review/Refine a Preliminary Redevelopment

               Plan, Project 1

Step 11: Review/Refine a Preliminary Revitalization

               Plan, Project 2

Step 12: Review/Refine a Preliminary Revitalization

               Plan, Project 3

Step 13: Review/Refine a Preliminary Revitalization

                Plan, Project 4

Step 14: Review/Refine a Preliminary Revitalization

               Plan, Project 5

                 (added steps for other projects)

Step 15: Develop an Effective Implementation

               Process

Step 16: Define the Next Steps Forward and the

               Participation Involvement

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce (TTCC) of Boonton, Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes, PO Box 496, Boonton, NJ 07005

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