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The City of Fenton is entering the final stages of adopting a Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines for Downtown Fenton. Once completed, this document will set forth a vision for its future and assist in ensuring its continued success and vitality. The adoption and implementation of the City of Fenton Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines is the first step to revitalizing Downtown Fenton.
The Downtown Plan Process
Enjoying the amenities of the Downtown Fenton in the present time is one thing; however, envisioning what Downtown Fenton should become and enable it to reach its greatest potential over the next ten years and beyond is the responsibility of a City of Fenton Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines.
A team comprised of DDA members, the chairs of the Parks and Recreation Board and the Planning Commission, the mayor and the city manager was the driving force behind the recruitment and selection process of the a firm to create a Downtown Plan which includes Design Guidelines. Nine bids were received on the project and this team narrowed it down to four firms prior to conducting interviews. This team spent a great deal of time and energy during this selection process and recommended that the DDA Board retain John Dziurman Architects to create a Downtown Plan. Furthermore, the Fenton City Council at their regular scheduled meeting on Monday, March 7, 2005 voted unanimously to award the bid to the John Dziurman Architects.
Once the John Dziurman Team accepted the Award the City Manager Michael Senyko established a Master Plan Committee to drive the process. This Committee consisted of the following members:
|City Council Representation||Mayor Sue Osborn||Michael Senyko|
|DDA Representation||Jeri Stiles||Richard Bagnall|
|Planning Commission||Michael Csapo|
|Recently added are||Mike Morey and Scott Grossmeyer from the Planning Commission|
|Brad Hissong and Carmine Avantini|
I would like to thank these Master Plan Committee Members for their continued participation in the master plan process; consisting of numerous meetings and countless hours that will lead to a Downtown Master Plan that will be acceptable to the City Council, DDA Board and Planning Commission.
What the Downtown Plan Means For You
The Downtown Plan created by John Dziurman Architects will consist of developing a comprehensive overview of the downtown area and a block-by-block plan for future development. Upon completion the plan will include recommended building locations, parking, streetscape improvements, signage, open spaces, and pedestrian and parking facilities based on future needs. Moreover, a detailed set of design guidelines will be produced for each unique block area addressing the location of buildings, parking and signage.
The plan will focus on six primary districts located in Downtown Fenton. These include the North Fenton District, Rail District, Downtown District, River Overlay District, Government District and the Historic Dibbleville District. It is the intent of John Dziurman Architects to present a plan that will not only visually link these areas together but provide the City of Fenton with a tool to create a unique downtown that would offer residents and visitors options for entertainment, shopping, and services, all in one package.
Public Open House
On Wednesday, May 3, 2006 the City of Fenton held a public open house at the Fenton Community Center from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the open house was to present preliminary ideas and recommendations regarding the Downtown Master Plan. The public reaction was extremely positive with over 200 attending within the first 75 minutes of the 3 hour open house. The input at this open house was extremely valuable and utilized to further the development of the Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines.
Beyond Completion and Toward Plan Implementation
On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 a joint meeting was held at the Fenton City Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. where a draft of the Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines was presented to the Fenton City Council, Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority.
The Fenton City Council at their regular scheduled meeting on Monday, March 12, 2007 voted unanimously to adopt the Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines.
To implement the plan that was adopted involves not reinveting the wheel, but moving the wheel forward an creating synergy with the City Council, DDA Board, Planning Commission, developers and teh public to continue on our track record of successful projects within the DDA District at an approximate cost of over 7 million dollars of capital improvements and 1.8 million in land acquisition.
The success of revitalizing Downtown Fenton lies in the hands of our greatest resources, people like you who have stepped forward to make Fenton a better downtown of the future. Furthermore, it takes consensus within a community to develop and implement a Downtown Plan that creates a Downtown Fenton that will preserve the past, promote the present, and facilitate future development.
What the City's Downtown Master Plan Means for You
Enjoying the amenities of our fine city in the present time is one thing. Envisioning what Fenton should look like by 2014 or 2024 is the responsibility of our Downtown Development Authority. Our Master Plan Committee is comprised of city officials, city council members, and knowledgeable volunteers, who set out with the objective of creating a plan that would enable Downtown Fenton to reach its greatest potential over the next ten years and beyond.
The Planning Process
The planning process requires intense contemplation and debate to solidify a comprehensive design and vision for the City’s land use. The plan will address the future needs of Fenton for years to come. It gives consideration to the present aesthetic appeal of the downtown, in particular the character of historic Dibbleville and other important streets and buildings. Planning for vehicular and pedestrian circulation, parking and traffic patterns are critical issues to resolve. The Plan calls for retaining Downtown Fenton as the focal point of the community at large by reinvigorating it as a more appealing destination for surrounding communities.
The Plan takes into consideration retail growth, expanded green space areas, adequate parking and the creation of a natural transition to and from the downtown into the suburban settings.
The City went through a request for proposal, interviewed nine city planning firms and finally chose John Dziurman Architects. A number of meetings were held to elicit public input. These meetings resulted in several good ideas.
The Master Plan Committee drove the process. Working together with Fenton Economic Development Director Brent Morgan, Mike Senyko, Chair of the Master Plan Committee and other talented committee members: Mayor Sue Osborn, Jeri Stiles, Richard Bagnall, Mike Morey, Scott Grossmeyer, Brad Hissong, and Carmine Avantini made tremendous progress on the Plan. We were fortunate to have these individuals serve on the committee and provide their input.
The Master Plan Committee strived to make the Plan a living document somewhere between idealism and reality. The fact that the Plan can be amended and modified, provides the flexibility to adapt to changing times and circumstances.
Conceptual Downtown Plan
Sparking some development with the new concepts contained in the Plan is a key objective. More living space developed for downtown would be beneficial to Fenton. We’d like to see some condominiums coming in that will create the optimal mixed-use that we are seeking. The Plan suggests filling in the property gaps with new development. The new structures might contain retail shops on the ground level with luxury condos or apartments on the upper levels. This concept would permit the growth of our retail shopping while promoting greater population density in the downtown area. People want to live in downtown areas, this plan addresses that need.
The plan focuses on six districts located in Downtown Fenton. These include the historic Dibbleville, the government and civic district, the river district, downtown district, rail district and north Fenton. It is the intent of John Dziurman Architects to produce a plan that will not only visually link these areas together but provide the City of Fenton with a tool to create a unique downtown that would offer residents and visitors options for entertainment, shopping, and services, all in one package
The Master Plan Committee has a conceptual plan for our city’s downtown that we believe provides for its needs over the next ten to twenty years. We have incorporated enhancements and improved land use that should provide for improved economic growth, and we have committed to vastly improving our infrastructure. Now we need to take the next steps to firm up the details and make the plan actionable. We have put together the guidelines, the implementation plan is in place, next is a review by the Board, followed by an adoption by the City Council and Planning Commission. Great progress has been made to get this far. Fenton is looking forward to progress.
Conceptual Master Plan Objectives
The Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines
To view Fenton's Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines, click on one of the links below. Files are in .PDF format, and Acrobat Reader is required. Please note that these are large files and will require longer download times.
The Downtown Master Plan files