The city of Killeen is asking residents for feedback and suggestions on the future of the city through a series of workshops scheduled next week.

“This is all a part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan to outline a vision for the city, which kicked off in March 2021 with a collection of surveys, interactive maps, ‘walkshops’ and public forums that have engaged the public throughout this year,” Killeen Executive Communications Director Janell Ford said in a news release Tuesday.

The workshops will take place Dec. 13 to 15 at the Killeen Utility Collection Conference Room, 210 W. Ave. C in Killeen.

“The community is asked to come see the results of the surveys and focus groups from this year regarding building healthy and equitable neighborhoods, creating a more vibrant and resilient economy, identifying areas where reinvestment or new development is needed and determining what growth can be supported and afforded,” Ford said.

Many residents provided feedback on street repairs and infrastructure, downtown plans, neighborhood redevelopment and small business investments and the city’s consultants, Verdunity, the company hired to put together Killeen’s new comprehensive plan, will be on hand next week to discuss results of the feedback and a way ahead, city officials said.

“Community engagement is needed at every stage of the planning process and from every resident and stakeholder,” Ford said. “We ask citizens to please join us and tell us what they want our city to look like and be, as the community’s ideas are what will shape our city’s future.”

Previous workshops and discussions can be found at KilleenTexas.gov/OurKilleen.

The following are the dates and times of workshops that are open to the public to discuss establishing community-wide values and priorities, as well as a framework to align future decisions for land use, transportation networks, public facilities and other projects:

  • Monday, Dec. 13: 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Formal Public Presentation on results)
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Copy: 'Residents invited to provide input on future of Killeen'.

Copy: 'The city of Killeen is asking residents for feedback and suggestions on the future of the city through a series of workshops scheduled next week.

“This is all a part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan to outline a vision for the city, which kicked off in March 2021 with a collection of surveys, interactive maps, ‘walkshops’ and public forums that have engaged the public throughout this year,” Killeen Executive Communications Director Janell Ford said in a news release Tuesday.

The workshops will take place Dec. 13 to 15 at the Killeen Utility Collection Conference Room, 210 W. Ave. C in Killeen' End of copy.

Is this the proactive look that the city of Killeen wants to purvey because it's not the look of a forward looking city that s wanting to become a city of the future, And I say this in all sincereness, this city should be looking to the future instead of trailing behind in all areas of a city. This city and this council has not had an open session as regarding the city and it's city charter since it started this quest, so why do they think that a dog and pony show starting December 13th and wraping up December 15th with the formal public presentation results is going to satisfy anybody except the city council and the general city satff with, 'Boy we showed them a thing or two'. I say 'Nonsense, it was for your benefit only and does not serve any purpose other than to make the city council and the general city staff look good.

You have been at this for months now and what you have to show for it, a bunch of paper, no plots or plats, no city improvement sectors and details, and no profiles of what the before and after of the downtown sector of the city will look like, in other words, 'No forward looking detail of the city, just the same old 'here's where the eating joints for you to look at, no business areas, no city services because the only one they had moved to the South 40 years ago'.

Copy: “The community is asked to come see the results of the surveys and focus groups from this year regarding building healthy and equitable neighborhoods, creating a more vibrant and resilient economy, identifying areas where reinvestment or new development is needed and determining what growth can be supported and afforded,” Ford said.

Many residents provided feedback on street repairs and infrastructure, downtown plans, neighborhood redevelopment and small business investments and the city’s consultants, Verdunity, the company hired to put together Killeen’s new comprehensive plan, will be on hand next week to discuss results of the feedback and a way ahead, city officials said.' End of copy.

Again, is this going to be another show and tell feature or as once more a you listen, we talk type of presentation because as I see it 'these are not useful type of presentations as there is no community input, only the same old banter that we have had in the past. It's no wonder why the citizen does not participate because it's useless listening to the same old banter as the years go by. Like I have said, if you want to get the people involved then 'let the people speak and have some input. When you talk about 'saving the old bank building and renovating it then are you considering what it will take to renovate that old bank building as to the asbestos aspect, the removal of all electrical wiring, etc. and what it would take to completely build a new structure on another location. It seems to me that this ciity once again 'got a pig in a polk' when they agreed to this venture, but maybe that was the plan all along.

Copy: “Community engagement is needed at every stage of the planning process and from every resident and stakeholder,” Ford said. “We ask citizens to please join us and tell us what they want our city to look like and be, as the community’s ideas are what will shape our city’s future.” End of copy.

I ask you, here on December 7th, 2021 late in the afternoon you come on line saying 'you want the citizens involvement in planning this city's future when you have a KEDC that is foremost in the planning of this city's future, you have a city council that does not follow the direction of it's citizens but instead plough's ahead with all intent to 'doing it their way' then how much room is left for the citizen. When you set a time table that says on December 13, 2921from 4 – 6 p.m. And December 14, 2021 from 7a.m. - 7p.m. And then on December 15, 2021 from 7a.m - 1p.m. And on December 15 from 6p.n. To 7p.m. (Formal Public Presentation of results). Where are all of the results to be organized into formal discussion notes and where are the objectives of these formal discussions with comparative associated costs and preliminary sketches and drawings. Do you think that from 1p.m. Until 6p.m. Will be sufficient time to finalizeall of these results? It seem that once again you are making a big deal out of nothing which I think is what it will be.

No I think that this city is trying to impress the citizen and once again the citizens are up to speed as to how this city works.

And what about the city charter? Is this going to be a push through as the city council will have it in hand and knows exactly what to do, Good luck on that one.

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