WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- City leaders are looking ahead to the future and the long-term growth of Wilmington.
Earlier this year, City Council appointed 15 community members to a steering committee. Tuesday they shared their vision for the city, along with almost 100 citizens that attended the kickoff meeting.
"Tonight's meeting was to gather feedback from the community for their desired future for the city, and also their unwanted future for the city," Christine Hughes of City Planning said.
Many topics were discussed at the meeting, but discussion centered around a few key topics.
"More traffic congestion, we heard about environmental concerns, some specific industries that were called out. General safe keeping of the city," Hughes said.
Steering Committee members say they are optimistic about the future of Wilmington having seen the public’s input at Tuesday night’s meeting.
"The best thing about the future is how we are going to be working to give the people of Wilmington what they say they want. They want the city to go greener, they want more green space in the city, and more bike trails, and those types of outside recreational activities," Steering Committee member Carlos Braxton said.
Committee members say there was much discussion centered around the transportation.
"I heard a lot about transportation, roads. I heard a lot about ecosystem, non-pollution, and transportation with grocery stores. What people like and what they don't from a road stand point," Randy Reeves of the Steering Committee said.
If you were not able to make it out to the meeting, you can still have your voice heard by those drafting the future of our community.
"Even if you couldn't make it tonight, we still want your feedback. We will be collecting feedback for about 18 months. If you want to jump online and check out our web site at CreateWilmington.com, or give us feedback through social media. We will be glad to get your feedback however you can give it to us," Hughes said.
The plan will serve as a to-do list for the Port City and will be in place for the next 15 to 20 years.