The first phase of the Memphis 3.0 Planning Process began with research of existing conditions and hosting public meetings to ask residents what they value about Memphis and what they think should be improved. Technical committees were formed to prioritize research in specific fields and planning areas, and helped in writing Background Reports to inform staff and residents where Memphis is currently. Phase II focused on developing future goals to achieve the greater vision, along with three projected models for how Memphis can grow.
As the City of Memphis moves into its third century, the Memphis 3.0 Team asks “How will we grow and where will that growth occur?” As part of Phase III, we are hosting 4 public meetings throughout September to determine a path forward for population growth and city development into 2040.
Thursday, Sept. 14: Raleigh Community Center, 3678 Powers Road, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 20: Whitehaven Golf Course, 750 East Holmes Road, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21: McFarland Community Center, 4955 Cottonwood Road, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave., 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Participants can arrive at 5 p.m. to ask questions about the process or the scenarios.
By attending one of the four Growth Scenario Mapping meetings, you can identify your most important values that align with the comprehensive plan’s vision and see how these translate into different patterns of growth. The three scenarios are: Trend, Cores and Corridors, and Neighborhood Centers. We will ask questions like “What are the trade-offs for different population, employment and housing increases, and what are the trade-offs associated with different growth strategies?” After determining a Growth Scenario, residents will work together to allocate types of growth (housing, businesses, industry) throughout the Districts outlined on maps of Memphis as a way to customize the Growth Scenario.
The City of Memphis has worked with a local consulting company that has taken data we provided them and completed numerous mathematical models in order to come up with the following scenarios of growth. It is important to remember that these scenarios are based on Memphis’ historical data, which informs projections of how the city could grow into the future dependent on types of new and redevelopment projects and where these are placed. The results of these growth scenario exercises will form the foundation of the planning process, including the development of a citywide land use plan, transit vision, road plan, climate action plan, and district-level plans. Results from the workshops will be published in October.
Trend: The trend scenario is dependent on the current economic market of the city not changing over the next 20 years. Meaning, if Memphis continues to operate “Business as Usual” in its development patterns, the city will continue to see most residential and business growth expand out east along Poplar Avenue.
Cores and Corridors: According to this projection, if the City were to focus its development in the downtown area and connecting this to other districts through major roads. planning process, including the development of a citywide land use plan, transit vision, road plan, climate action plan, and district-level plans. Results from the workshops will be published in October.
Neighborhood Centers: This scenario focuses growth and development at key community intersections within neighborhoods such as parks, schools, community centers and retail within close proximity.