Town of Pinedale Planning Initiatives
Mainstreet Program (Ongoing)
The Mainstreet Program was started by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a way to preserve historic downtowns by preserving historic buildings and supporting economic revitalization in these areas as they had been abandoned with the increased development of suburbs. The Mainstreet program is administered at a local level utilizing volunteers on specialized committees and a combination of public and private financing, with technical and some financial assistance provided by the State and National Program.
Through community studies and the Town of Pinedale Master Plan, citizens have expressed a strong interest in maintaining a centralized downtown area, increasing beautification, supporting further economic development of Pinedale, especially promoting tourism, and utilizing local service organizations. The Mainstreet Program provides a perfect program and structure to address these interests on a continuous basis.
The Town of Pinedale Planning Dept. is taking the lead on this initiative, and an advisory committee was formed in January 2010 to start discussing the application process and raising awareness and promoting the initiative.
In January, Lisa Mueller the Coordinator from the Rock Springs Mainstreet Program visited Pinedale to discuss the program and share Rock Springs experiences at a Planning and Zoning Workshop.
In March, the State Mainstreet Coordinator and her assistant gave a public presentation about the organization and financial structure of the program.
In April, the advisory group hosted a moderated public discussion to collect public comments on the challenges and assets downtown and project ideas.
Wyoming Mainstreet Program http://wyomingmainstreet.org/
Wyoming Rural Development Council in Pinedale Sept. 15th & 16th
The Wyoming Rural Development Council (WRDC) will be in Pinedale Sept. 15 and 16th to facilitate an updated Community Assessment. The community assessment program provides communities an affordable process to assess their problems and challenges, identify their assets, and to define issues and projects that they would like to achieve, with hopes that it will lead to long range planning. The original community assessment was conducted in 2002 as a county wide assessment. The updated assessment will focus on the Town of Pinedale and will consist of a series of listening sessions on the 15th and 16th at the Pinedale Library. Sessions are open to the public and facilitated by WRDC resource members. These listening sessions are broken into 8 focus groups, each group will be asked the same set of questions. Focus groups include: Tourism & Recreation, Economic Development, Land Development & Planning, Pinedale Based Business, Civic & Non-Profit Groups, Government Services & Utilities, Seniors and Youth. The WRDC identifies the major themes and provides recommendations and resources for those themes. The preliminary results of the listening session will presented at a Town Meeting open to the public at the Library at 6:30pm on Sept. 16th. The final results will be compiled into a report that will be available through Town Hall and on WRDC's website. The Town of Pinedale uses the Community Assessments to identify current issues, trends, and public opinion on the state of the Town. The public's responses will be utilized for talking points for future planning and forming Town policy and decision making. For more information on the community assessment program or to review the 2002 assessment please visit WRDC's website at http://www.wyomingrural.org/_pdfs/Pinedalefinal.pdf.
Wednesday Sept. 15th Pinedale Library Lovett room
1-2 PM Seniors
3:30-4:30 PM Land Development & Planning
4:45-5:45 PM Pinedale Based Business
5:45-6:45 PM Economic Development
Thursday Sept. 16th Pinedale Library Lovett room
8-9 AM Civic & Non-profit Groups
9:30-10:10 AM Youth (held at Pinedale Highschool)
10:30-11:30 AM Tourism & Recreation
12:45-1:45 PM Government Services & Utilities
6:30-8 PM Town Meeting (Preliminary Results) Lovett Room.
Recreation Steering Committee (Winter/Spring 2010)
The Ballfield Facility (Dudley Key Fields) is the primary recreation facility under the Town's jurisdiction and has seen increasing use in the last 4 years, a steering committee was convened to discuss current challenges and management at the facility. The committee consisted of representatives from key user groups, they discussed needs and issues, the general state of organized recreation in the area, and whether a recreation director was needed. These discussions will assist in helping to frame future discussions about recreation planning and management within the Town of Pinedale.