VITAL SIGNS UPON ARRIVAL

POPULATION
887
% OF ADULTS WITH BACHELOR’S+
16.3%
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
$38,971
POVERTY RATE
31.6%

“How can a city of 900 double in size and become a destination for high-quality rural living without losing its identity?”

Client: City of Wilson

Team Members: Rob Krupicka, Thomas Eddington, Karen Beck Pooley, Charles Buki, Andrea Weinberg

Services: Analysis, Visioning, Facilitation, Steering Committee, Report Creation

In 2015, czb was hired to craft a Comprehensive Plan and strategic development guidebook for the City of Wilson, a municipality of approximately 900 residents in the Mississippi Delta.

After The Lawrence Group purchased much of the agricultural land and commercial property in town and began pouring millions of dollars into the development of the town and its amenities, Wilson became the focus of much attention. With the opening of a local boarding school, a high-quality organic farm, and a farm-to-table restaurant in a short period of time, Wilson was attracting more outside investment and interest from the greater Memphis region.

czb met with a 14-member steering committee to test the city’s priorities and land use concepts and to review early drafts of the plan. Wilson’s final plan is a document that summarizes the market trajectory of the community; outlines potential scenarios for development in each of Wilson’s five newly created districts; and includes goals for improved housing, including public housing, infrastructure, green space, retail, design, and connectivity.
 

Project Outcomes

Wilson is moving forward with the Comprehensive Plan and community vision.

Wilson is moving forward with form-based code based on czb’s new district designs.

The city's new district identities include a farming district and market square district and will help the community grow while still retaining its character.

czb’s Comprehensive Plan was designed to summarize the needs of the Wilson community and its opportunities for both private and public investment going forward. The plan was organized around Wilson’s goal of becoming “a model of high quality rural living where the world is introduced to the Delta."
 
For more information about Wilson, please visit:  http://www.wilsonarkansas.com