As Newport continues to experience significant redevelopment, it important that our comprehensive plan evolve and be updated to ensure it continues promoting a shared vision. In early 2020, Newport began updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a process that will consist of many public meetings and allow for ample public input over the next year or so.
The Comprehensive Plan is Newport’s most important document regarding growth, development, and change. It establishes government policies to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use, transportation, economic development and resource conservation. The Comprehensive Plan is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, conditional use permits), capital improvements (parks, infrastructure), transportation, environmental and historic resource protection initiatives.
The City of Newport’s last Comprehensive Plan update was completed in 2015. The update process will conform with all statutory requirements as outlined in Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 100.
Newport's Current Comprehensive Plan is available here.
The importance of public engagement in this process cannot be overstated. This 2020 Plan Update will be YOUR plan and must reflect the community’s vision, goals, and priorities for the future. Every step of the update process relies on participation from Newport’s diverse community in order to ensure that these needs, desires, and values are reflected in the Plan.
The policies and implementation strategies in the Comprehensive Plan ultimately effect your day-to-day experience in the city. The plan provides guidance on improvements to future mobility and travel options, what new development should look like, priority locations for park improvements, and how we interact with our social, economic, and natural environments. Whether you love Newport just as it is, or feel we need change, sharing your voice during the Comprehensive Plan Update process is one of the most direct ways to influence the future of our community.
The policies and recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan Update will be based on input from a 25+ member Steering Committee comprised of Newport residents, business owners, and City officials, as well as from the community through online surveys, public forums, and community events. Working with CT Consultants and Human Nature, the Steering Committee will spend many hours during 2020 collecting and reviewing data, gathering comments from the community working to understand important issues and shared priorities, and developing updated strategies for the Comprehensive Plan.
City staff will post materials developed over the course of the planning project. Please check back often.
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Every step of this process relies on participation from Newport’s diverse community in order to ensure that their needs, desires, and values are reflected in the Plan. While typically we would hold open houses, public meetings and group town hall gatherings, restrictions on public gatherings have limited our ability to hold in person public engagement events. Nevertheless, the importance of public engagement cannot be overstated.
Based on the feedback from the NewportFORWARD Virtual Public Forum and the Steering Committee, three areas were chosen to focus on in more detail: Newport’s Riverfront, the Central Business District, and the Route 9 Corridor / West Side Neighborhood.
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The NewportFORWARD Virtual Public Forum was held June 18, 2020 and was open for public comment through July 5th.
To review the Public Forum Materials, go here: https://stories.opengov.com/newportky/published/5JEDK2NSE
Or you can review a bullet list of the goals and objectives here.
The forum included an overview presentation of the planning process, with the initial discovery findings and the draft goals for the City’s future. The virtual platform lead participants through a series of topics including strong vibrant neighborhoods, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and others, allowing them to provide thoughts, concerns, and ideas about how the City can successfully move forward in the next ten years.
The first of several NewportFORWARD Surveys was conducted April 20 through May 17th. The summary results are here.
Homework Responses (2015 Goals and Objectives)
2003 Festival Park Rendering
Meeting #2 Presentation Materials and Homework
Updated List of Issues First Cut Goals April 2, 2020
Steering Committee #2 Teleconference Recording
Steering Committee Meeting #2 Summary
Virtual Public Forum Link (accessible at 6 pm)