The new Winton Community Plan is now underway with the first Community Workshop scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday June 22, at the Winton Middle School.
Supervisor Deidre Kelsey said, "This update is long overdue and a great opportunity for everybody in Winton to participate." The current Winton Community Plan adopted in 1983 will be revised to guide land use, revitalization and new growth. It will set standards for road development, infrastructure and public safety, as well as create community design standards for neighborhoods and revitalization of the central business district.
The first workshop will identify community values, needs and goals, which in turn will lead to the community's vision for Winton. With this the Merced County Planning Department will create several alternative plans for the community's consideration at the 2nd Community Workshop this fall. Two more workshops will then refine the plan, for a total of four community workshops, over the next year and a half.
Robert King a senior planner with the Merced County Planning Department, project manager for the new Winton Community Plan said, "The challenge is preserve Winton's rich heritage while creating future opportunities for its current and future residents."