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Thousands of citizens offer views of "The BIG Picture" for Ditto Landing

July 30, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - The results from The BIG Picture's Ditto Landing survey are in, and they might just surprise you.

Results showed a focus on lower-intensity, recreational uses that would complement Ditto Landing, rather than adding large and intrusive structures.

Transportation, nautical rentals and picnic areas were ranked as top priorities, while apartments, jeep tours, and retirement communities were determined to be less important. Other highly-ranked proposals include an amphitheater, restaurants and increasing the number of local greenways.

The survey received approximately 3,000 responses during a two-week period. Responses came from more than 90 unique zip codes, and as far away as California.

"We're thrilled with the great response we received," said Dennis Madsen, Director of Urban and Long-Range Planning. "Our citizens are invested in the future of Huntsville, and we couldn't create a new master plan without their help. The survey has shown us that folks want Ditto to stay 'Ditto', but be 'more Ditto.'"

The City of Huntsville's Long-Range Planning Division will meet with the Ditto Landing Board to craft a draft of a master plan for the riverfront. After the draft is complete, a public open house will be held to showcase ideas and collect feedback.

The BIG Picture, Huntsville's new comprehensive planning initiative, created the survey from ideas proposed at the Ditto Landing Citizens Academy on June 24. Additional ideas were added from ImagineHuntsville.com, which serves as The BIG Picture's online forum for citizen input.

Other Related Documents:
Ditto Survey Snapshot
Big Picture Survey Results Ditto Landing


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