Successful community planning involves defining the needs of the community, developing a shared vision of the future, and constructing a strategy to achieve that vision.
Since 1997 La Casa has engaged in a series of planning activities focused primarily in Newark’s Lower Broadway neighborhood, while continuing to support planning for the Mid and Upper Broadway communities. The first Lower Broadway Neighborhood Plan was created in 1999, updated in 2004 and again in 2007. In 2011 a new neighborhood plan was completed as part of the Sustainable Communities initiative in collaboration with LISC and can be found by clicking HERE or opening it from the link to the right.
Recent planning elements include:
The 2007 Lower Broadway Plan was the catalyst for residential and commercial developments, such as:
Planning (and Implementation) Today
La Casa works with a variety of resident and stakeholder to develop strategies and actions that lend support to the work developed under the visioning work related to quality of life issues that were identified in the “Transforming Lower Broadway” community plan completed in 2011. The foundation of these efforts was supporting the development of a new umbrella neighborhood organization called the “Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association.” This association consists of leaders of the local block clubs, business owners, and other neighbors. The intent of the association is to serve as a common voice to speak out and address issues facing the community identified in the neighborhood planning process. La Casa supports these developing leaders by connecting them to leadership training, educational workshops, and to the city’s decision makers. The team is engaged in neighborhood building through the the development of a quarterly newsletter, promotion of community events, neighborhood beautification, have addressed traffic safety concerns through the installation of traffic lights and other traffic calming measures. among other successes. La Casa has helped connect residents to the Newark Police in providing them safety training and addressing issues of violence and abandoned properties. Planning and implementation is an on going process but is rooted in the empowerment of residents to identify what needs to be done, and connecting them to resources to make change.
City of Newark Master Plan
Based on La Casa’s organizational capacity and its exciting if not innovative community planning work, La Casa is a major partner and contributor to the City of Newark’s efforts to revised the Master Plan and Zoning elements that will guide the city’s future and in particular the preservation and redevelopment of communities.
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