The city of Sparks has completed the first phase of its year-long process to update the city’s comprehensive plan by collecting responses to a survey in which people answered three open-ended questions about the city.
Adam Mayberry, community relations manager for the city, said 743 survey responses were collected. The goal, he said, was 600.
The top responses to the three questions in the effort’s first phase, which officials called the vision phase, were summarized by the city as follows:
Question: I love Sparks because…
Small town (15.06 percent), community (13.16 percent) and events (10.04 percent)
Question: My biggest concern for Sparks in the year 2030 is…
Traffic (17.17 percent), growth (15.51 percent), schools (9.14 percent) and crime (9.14 percent)
Question: My wish to make Sparks even better by 2030…
Parks (8.62 percent), community feel (8.48 percent), schools (8.48 percent) and a downtown (7.93 percent)
The responses will be used to create aa more detailed questionnaire in the next phase, officials said.
The city is collecting opinions on how the city should grow and develop as part of its process to update the city’s comprehensive or master plan. The plan, which is designed to guide the growth and development of the city through the year 2030, covers elements such as land-use planning, population, housing, roads and parks.
A draft plan is scheduled to be ready in the summer with the final plan set to be approved by the City Council in the fall.
The city has dubbed its effort to solicit feedback from the community “Ignite Sparks.” Information can be found online at IgniteSparksNV.com.
“We’re seeing that our residents have a lot of pride in our community, especially when it comes to our ‘small town’ feel,” Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said in a statement. “In Phase II we’re going to ask what that looks like to our residents as we grow over the next 14 years.”