City officials want to receive as much input throughout the initial draft phase of the plan. Two more community meetings are planned before the initial review period ends next month.
Just two residents attended the first outreach meeting earlier this month, but activity on www.burbanktownhall.com has steadily increased since the site went live, Streinkruger said.
She said city officials are receiving good input from the site as well as from boards and commissions, and the online forum allows residents to share and comment on ideas by “supporting” or improving on them. A point system and a chart allow users to see whose ideas receive the most support and comments.
The ideas include a possible ban on plastic bags at grocery and other retail stores, and a walkway to the downtown Metrolink station from Magnolia Boulevard.
One of the “latest ideas,” which appear on the top right of the site and change as people share and comment on posted information, suggests creating community gardens where empty lots now sit.
Resident Ryan D. noted that one empty lot, between Alameda and Olive across from NBC, would be an ideal location.
“Invest in soil and planter boxes, then rent/give plots to members of the community to grow their own flowers, vegetables, or whatever they want,” he wrote.
The idea of a community garden was also suggested for DeBell Golf Club.
“Use the $1-million loan to convert the course into a major natural attraction,” Al in SoCal wrote. “Part park, part community garden, and community center.”
Kay F. envisioned yet another use for DeBell.
“Rip out the acres of sod and replace it with native plants, and then make it an enormous dog park (fenced to keep out coyotes and bobcats),” she wrote.
The next community outreach meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. July 27 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Community Services Building, Room 104, 150 N. Third St.
Aug. 26 is the last day for residents to provide input during the current phase of drafting. The City Council could adopt the General Plan by spring 2012.