President Elson S. Floyd and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) President Edmund O. Schweitzer will be keynote speakers at the Pullman 2020 visioning process to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the SEL Event Center.
Mayor Glenn Johnson will be the emcee for the event.
In the months that follow, various organizations and groups will make presentations at City Council meetings regarding their preferred visions for the year 2020, Johnson said in an email to The Daily Evergreen.
The Pullman 2020 process will then transition into the adoption of a new comprehensive plan for the city, he said. The current plan was adopted in 1999.
Earlier this year, the City Council adopted a new goal for Pullman, Johnson said. To place a strong emphasis on visioning, explore low-cost options for conducting a Comprehensive Plan update during the next few years, engage in a City Council exercise to list the major issues that will impact Pullman in the years ahead and provide opportunities for Pullman 2020 visioning sessions in which local civic groups can convey their ideas regarding Pullman’s future.
“To me, the most startling change will be the emergence of WSU as primarily a walking campus, with plenty of open spaces, even to the extent of removing parking to make things more green,” said Darin Watkins, executive director of External Communications. “Concurrently, WSU has engaged in a process of long term planning on campus, that will soon take on a greater sense of importance as we reveal the results of our master plan for the future.”
The master plan will provide a framework for considering new building growth, while at the same time addressing renewal of existing buildings and defining outdoor spaces that unify all the functions of the University, Watkins said.
“The result will be a more pedestrian friendly campus with a more concentrated core of research buildings,” he said. “We envision Grimes Way, off of Airport Road, becoming a main entrance to the campus and future development will reflect that.”
Everyone is invited to give input, Johnson said. Those who have a vision for what Pullman will be like in 20 years are encouraged to attend the visioning process. The first session will feature speakers but no public input.
“Pullman 2020 began as a planning process with the City of Pullman to talk about where the city is going,” Watkins said. “The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. As you can see, there are plenty of areas to interest students, faculty and employees at WSU.”