By EMILY KUBIS
Two engineering and planning firms have been selected as finalists to help guide the update to the City of Brentwood’s 2020 Plan.Ã‚Â The city commission is expected to make a decision between the two at its Oct. 14 meeting.
An interview panel consisting of Mayor Betsy Crossley, city manager Kirk Bednar and representatives from the planning department heard formal presentations from MIG of Boulder, Colo. and Clarion Associates of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Seven firms sent proposals to the city, included Brentwood-based CHA Consulting and The Corradino Group.
The 2020 Plan, originally adopted in 1999 succeeding the Brentwood 2000 Plan, directs city growth and development by constructing patterns and policies built around community needs and goals.
Updating the project will also include a Major Thoroughfare Plan that will be designed by a separate entity partnered with the selected firm. Clarion Associates plans to work the engineering firm Neel-Schaffer and MIG selected RPM Transportation Consultants.
Because the need for future road improvements will be dictated by changes to the 2020 Plan, the Major Thoroughfare Plan is a complementary component.
Bednar said the first public input meetings will ideally be held before Thanksgiving, but an official date has not been set.
Surveys will likely be distributed after the holiday rush in January. Many citizens have expressed a desire for multiple surveys per household, but Bednar said the survey methodology would be decided after the city commission has its first work session with the consultant team.
Clarion Associates worked with Brentwood on the city’s most recent 2020 Plan update in 2006. The firm’s proposal spoke of their availability to start as soon as selected and finish public meetings by mid-November.
“We will bring familiarity and skills set to these tasks,” read Clarion’s proposal. “The Brentwood identity is compelling. Strategies for managing growth, preserving character and maintaining fiscal resiliency all need to be framed within vision of Brentwood’s identity.”
MIG’s proposal discussed the challenges of protecting Brentwood while encouraging new development, and compared the project to their recent consultation for Farragut, Tenn.
“Brentwood’s residents want more shopping options and a town center,” the proposal read, “but are increasingly concerned about the effects of new growth.”
MIG also proposed using unique technology in their public meetings, including keypad polling that allows audiences to vote anonymously in real time on the issues at hand.
The City of Brentwood has budgeted $200,000 for the 2020 Plan updates. Bednar said both proposals came in above that number, but the city could pick and choose elements to lower the cost.