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Planapalooza ongoing this week

The City of West Fargo and West Fargo Park District along with its consultants will kick off Planapalooza at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at Prairie Heights Church, 319 32 Avenue E.

The kickoff event will start a nearly weeklong opportunity for residents to provide feedback on the city's new comprehensive plan. A planning workspace will be open to the public at City Hall Friday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 25 to visit and provide feedback at any time. On Friday, April 21, consultants will lead specialty discussions from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Planapalooza is a public design and input process that invites the community to work directly with neighbors and the city's planning team to help draft a new comprehensive plan for West Fargo. The final comprehensive plan will guide the future actions of West Fargo and includes long-range goals and objectives for all decisions that affect the community. Comprehensive plans guide land use, transportation, parks, open spaces, bikeways, trails, public facilities and services, economic development, as well as community growth, development, design, housing and identity.

Planapalooza will include an opening presentation and hands-on activities to kick-off the week's events. This opening presentation will also include free pizza and child care. Following the opening event, specialty discussions will be held on topics such as infrastructure, neighborhoods, transportation, economy, downtown revitalization, parks and sustainability. A review event and closing presentation are also planned to provide the public with updates on the feedback gathered and plans developed during the week. A planning studio, located at City Hall, will also be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week to allow the community an opportunity to provide their feedback if they are unable to make the scheduled events.

An interactive website, www.wf2point0.com, has also been developed to provide the community with an opportunity to provide feedback throughout the planning process. The website has a number of features for citizens to use, including polls, forums, discussions and a place to showcase what makes them smile about West Fargo and what they would like to change. The website will be available until June to provide feedback.

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