Over the last several years, the City has been focused on making Downtown, the Riverfront and the Warehouse District more vibrant. The City's Strategic Plan underscores this effort by making a "Vibrant Downtown" one of the City's four goals.
On April 14, 2019, a planning charrette was held to reinvigorate this visioning effort. The planning exercise allowed citizens to share thoughts and ideas and explore land use, access, transportation and parking in the larger downtown area which may affect the riverfront. On August 1, 2019, the City's consultant, TERRA Engineering, presented the conceptual ideas received from stakeholders and the public. The Community Development Department is positioning this planning effort for City Council adoption in 2023.