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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Help us "Design Downtown Denton!"

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The City of Denton and its Downtown district have experienced significant changes since the adoption of the Downtown Master Plan in 2002. City planning staffalongside consulting partners at Mend Collaborative, are now embarking on an exciting journey to update and revitalize the heart of Denton through the "Design Downtown Denton" project. This ambitious plan will shape the city's future for the next two decades, addressing various challenges and opportunities, including: mobility, housing, open space, historic preservation, and more. But what makes this project truly unique is its emphasis on community stakeholder input. Read on to learn more about the “Design Downtown Denton” program and how you can be a part of this transformative process.

 

The primary aims of the "Design Downtown Denton" are:  

 

  1. To create a Master Plan vision for Downtown Denton that is relevant to our current context and a useful guide into the near future.   

  1. Evaluate expanding the downtown boundary to maximize future opportunities 

  1. Provide clear policy direction, and guidance to foster economic growth, enhance the pedestrian experience, and preserve the area's unique character.  

  1. To identify additional open spaces, increase housing choices, enhance mobility connectivity, and strike a balance between a need for new development and a desire to maintain and protect existing historic neighborhoods and resources.  

 

This comprehensive vision that emerges from this process will guide Denton for the next 20 years. 

 

Shaping the future of Downtown Denton requires community engagement. To foster conversations around the future of Downtown Denton, project staff began with a visioning exercise involving key staff members from various City Departments. Additionally, consultants and City staff are working closely with a City Council appointed Advisory Group representing a talented and diverse array of Downtown Denton stakeholders. The Advisory Group held their first meeting September 14, and will  be critical to the process going forward.  

Project staff also engaged in soliciting community input, specifically about the future of Quakertown Park, during the Arts and Jazz Festival. Festival attendees had the opportunity to participate in various interactive visioning exercises on site, including indicating park preferences on a spectrum of options, engaging in a design-a-park coloring activity, and indicating which specific amenities they would like to see at Quakertown Park. Over 200 attendees of all ages provided valuable feedback during the Arts and Jazz Festival outreach. 

 

To facilitate even more resident engagement, an interactive website has been launched (visit this linkfeaturing a vibrant logo created by local artist Jude Landry. The website offers upcoming events, interactive activities, and a platform for you to share your thoughts on Downtown DentonThe initial phase of engagement on the website allowed residents to pinpoint locations on the map, indicating areas of concern, or opportunities for the future, tied to a particular location. Additionally, the website hosted a Downtown Denton photo contest, allowing Denton residents to share Downtown Denton through their eyes and express what you all loved about Downtown, as well as what you all felt it still needs. The interactive website will continue to be a well-used resource as the master planning program continues, and staff encourage Denton residents to visit it often to stay in tune with the latest news about the project and to continue providing input through new activities that will shape the master plan, and Downtown Denton, well into the future. Your engagement is key to making this project a success! 

The "Design Downtown Denton" project is a remarkable opportunity for the community to shape Denton’s artistic and cultural core. By actively participating, sharing your ideas, and engaging with the project's initiatives, you can play a crucial role in ensuring that Downtown Denton evolves in a way that reflects your priorities and needs. Get involved, and together, we can create a vibrant and thriving future for our beloved Downtown Denton. 

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