February 22, 2018
The City of Portsmouth’s McIntyre Steering Committee has met and established dates for “Stage 2” steps in the public input process for the future of the McIntyre site. This includes three sessions with the public that will be sponsored by the McIntyre Steering Committee.
The first session will be held on Monday, February 26th, focusing on the two topics of Public Realm and Design & Historic Preservation. The second session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th; this will focus on two topics of Public/Private Partnership and Transportation & Parking. Each of the sessions will feature local experts participating in panel-led discussions with audience questions and interactive preference voting. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in City Council Chambers at Portsmouth City Hall.
A third session is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th, and will involve breakout sessions to have public input into various issues raised in the prior two sessions. This session will also take place in City Council Chambers, and will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Committee understands that some members of the community will be unable to attend the first scheduled session which occurs during school vacation week, and wants to remind those interested that all events will be televised on the City’s Channel 22 and subsequently made available for viewing on the City’s YouTube channel.
Earlier this month, the Steering Committee hosted two well-attended informational and discussion sessions which comprised “Stage 1” of the input process. A review of Stage 1 input will begin each of the Stage 2 meetings.
According to City Councilor and McIntyre Steering Committee member Chris Dwyer, the large turnout and insight provided by the public in the first series of input sessions has already proved incredibly helpful in the planning process. “By publicly framing and debating various options during this planning period, we have created a solid groundwork of development alternatives that can now be thoroughly examined during the second phase of this process. I highly encourage the community to participate and look forward to thoughtful dialogue between the Committee, our panel and residents.”
More information about the public input process and opportunities to participate will be posted to the City’s McIntyre website in the coming days. In addition to this news release, a flier and other tools will be used to spread the word about the upcoming events.