Public input sought for Downtown Brookings Master Plan

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BROOKINGS — Do you have ideas that could help improve Downtown Brookings? Are there things you like — or dislike — about downtown? The City of Brookings and its partner agency, Downtown Brookings, want to know.

The two entities have contracted with RDG Planning & Design to complete a Downtown Brookings Master Plan that will ultimately help ensure a welcoming, vibrant, connected downtown area for the foreseeable future.

“This strategic planning process is dependent on input from community members, visitors, business owners, and others who care about Downtown Brookings,” said Samantha Beckman, assistant to the city manager. “We want to hear from as many people as possible.”

Two ways you can get involved are:

  • Share your ideas and concerns using an interactive map. Go to www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov/DowntownBrookingsMasterPlan. Click on the Downtown Brookings Master Plan logo. Then click on the “Interactive Map” button. You can then add comments – anonymous or not – to the map.
  • Mark your calendars to attend one of two public engagement sessions. The sessions will take place March 25 and March 27, each from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Brookings City & County Government Center at 520 Third St.

The study area encompasses several blocks on all sides of Main Avenue. The master plan will strategically shape the future of Downtown Brookings by establishing a shared vision for future community and economic development. It is intended to be a long-term vision that will guide aspects such as land use, urban design, and housing. The plan will aim to improve the overall walkability and connectivity of Downtown Brookings with the existing neighborhoods and businesses, enhance the attractiveness, and preserve the historic character.

“This plan will provide a roadmap for future policy and programming, encourage public and private investment, and ultimately improve the quality of life in the community,” said Beckman.

For questions about the Downtown Brookings Master Plan, please contact Beckman at (605) 697-8692 or sbeckman@cityofbrookings-sd.gov.