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Taylor’s comprehensive plan, which involves the city’s future, will be the subject of a webinar Thursday.

The city of Taylor is scheduled to welcome Charles Marohn, author of “Strong Towns: a Bottom Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity,” for a Zoom webinar Sept. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All residents are welcome to participate. To register and receive a link to the webinar, please visit http://taylor.konveio.com.

Marohn is the founder and president of Strong Towns, an organization that aims to support thousands of people across the U.S. and Canada who are advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our cities. He is a professional engineer licensed in Minnesota and a land use planner with two decades of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master’s in urban and regional planning, both from the University of Minnesota.

The Strong Towns webinar is the kickoff event for the development of the city’s new comprehensive plan. In Thursday’s presentation, Marohn is set to highlight some of the most powerful stories in Strong Towns and use those insights to highlight a path to community prosperity in the City of Taylor. He hopes to showcase why many North American towns are struggling financially despite decades of robust growth.

Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis, who is also development services director, says he hopes the webinar will be a great start to the comprehensive planning process. “We are really excited to welcome Mr. Marohn to speak to the City of Taylor,” said Yantis. “His book on community prosperity has been an inspiration to community leaders all across the country, and we are looking forward to his insight to help us kick off this planning process.”

The Strong Towns webinar is the first of two virtual meetings planned in September. The second will be a virtual public workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Additional information is available under “News and Announcements” on the city’s website at http://www.taylortx.gov. The city will post additional information about how to participate on the website and on social media.

A comprehensive plan is a policy document used by city leaders, developers, business owners and residents to make decisions about how cities should grow and develop in the future. Taylor’s current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2004, and Taylor has grown since then. Lionheart Places, LLC, an urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm, will facilitate the development of the city’s new comprehensive plan over the coming year, along with consultants from Verdunity, a planning and engineering firm focused on developing fiscally sustainable plans. The new plan, called “Envision Taylor,” is an opportunity for the community to help shape the future of Taylor.

For information about the comprehensive plan, call development services at 512-365-3863 or visit http://www.taylortx.gov.

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