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The community visioning project is on track to be completed before the end of the summer

The city of Newberg is nearing completion of its Community Visioning plan, a tool that will be used to chart the next 20 years of the city.

Community Development Director Doug Rux said the plan is still on pace to be completed by summer's end.

"We're moving toward wrapping up that project, it will be completed in August," he said.

The city is completing its final phases of the vision and were scheduled to wrap up the final public survey today (July 3). The city also held a community conference to collect feedback.

The plan for the vision began in January. Rux said the committee involved with the vision will cease meeting on July 24, update the City Council on Aug. 5 and have the final plan ready to present to the council on Aug. 19.

"We're in the home stretch," Rux said.

He added that the project's coordinator, Bayo Ware, is working on the template for the document. He had previously drafted a community profile for the Community Visioning Citizens Advisory Committee.

Several topic categories have been identified through stakeholder interviews and from a first round of community survey work. These include: community engagement, community identity, community leadership, cultural assets, economic development and livability and development.

In each of the six visions, there were several other aspects identified. For example, under community engagement, many responders valued supporting vulnerable neighbors, youth support and building relationships; under community identity, they said the city has a good mix of urban and rural feel and was family friendly. Under community leadership, residents wanted to see more collaboration and more cultural diversity. Residents also listed the Chehalem Park and Recreation District and other places and events as good cultural assets. They said to maintain livability and development, the city would need to manage growth and address infrastructure and beautification efforts. For economic development, residents saw downtown development, business and workforce development and family wage jobs as the largest issues.

Throughout the process, the city has posted several online surveys and held public input events and committee meetings throughout the winter and spring. They have other events slated; Rux said the city will host a "Newberg Bash" from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in Memorial Park. Newberg's population is estimated to grow 56 percent by 2040, which would bring it to roughly 36,700 residents. The city is growing at a rate faster than both Yamhill County and the state as a whole.

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