TWIN FORKS RISING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
TWIN FORKS RISING MASTER PLAN
In early 2013, the City of Hattiesburg made an important decision; it authorized the development of a future land use plan for Twin Forks Rising (TFR). This plan will provide the foundation for community-founded and meaningful improvements in Ward 2. The plan is a result of a nine-month collaboration with community leaders, elected and appointed officials, and citizens of TFR. The planning team led a series of meetings of the working group, a committee of citizens who provided invaluable context, content and input as only the residents of TFR can. The working group developed this plan.
In addition to the working group, two town hall meetings were held, during which the general public was invited to listen, participate, and assist in the development of the plan. More than 300 people participated in the town hall meetings.
After listening to the aspirations and desires of residents and coming to grips with the challenges that face TFR, the planning team developed a series of future land use options. A consensus was achieved and the preferred plan was agreed to by both the working group and the general public.
The preferred plan is purposefully ambitious, creating a series of water features to address both the real and the perceived threat of flooding in TFR. These features, based on the Dutch philosophy of embracing flood waters, incorporate two important redevelopment catalysts: 1) to serve as a basis of flood zone revisions and 2) to provide redevelopment opportunities based on a public amenity.
TFR will realize its potential as a great community through the persistence and the efforts of its people.
PETRA WINGO, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT