The Tulsa Planning Office is proud to present our accomplishments during fiscal year 2021 in this annual report. This has been a challenging year, as the COVID‑19 pandemic has reshaped how we work with each other, collaborate with other departments and external agencies, and to engage the public; nevertheless, we made significant strides in several areas.
Faced with unparalleled disruptions to normal operations, the Tulsa Planning Office looked for ways to limit the effects of the pandemic on residents and businesses while also protecting the health of our employees and the public. We adopted new procedures that allowed our staff to do their jobs effectively and safely. From modifying our public engagement approach and providing our staff work‑from‑home options, to holding public hearings and public meetings online, we minimized in-person interaction and found creative ways to collaborate. Despite concerns that virtual meetings would limit participation, it allowed more people and new audiences to participate who would otherwise not be have been able to.
Despite the challenging circumstances, the Tulsa Planning Office continues our goal of doing meaningful work in Tulsa that makes a visible difference in the lives of residents. We have focused our efforts on addressing communities with the greatest areas of need and often with the greatest disparities in life expectancy. Through our data analysis approach to planning, indicators relating to equity, health, and wellness have been a major consideration and the driving force for prioritizing areas of focus. This approach aims to lift up all of Tulsa, but with special emphasis and care in those areas that need the most assistance and that historically have not been involved in planning processes. By working together toward common goals, these areas can become more vibrant, resilient, and engaged.
Several project milestones were reached in the past year and are detailed in this report. These successes include the development of a draft Neighborhood Infill Overlay; ongoing refinement to the Strategic Planning program resulting in multiple initiatives assisting City departments; completion and adoption of the Route 66 Master Plan; significant progress in our effort to update planitulsa, the City’s Comprehensive Plan; adoption and implementation of the City’s Parklet program; development of the Vibrant Neighborhood Partnership and selection of the first three participating neighborhoods; making significant strides in the City’s Destination Districts program; and continuing to monitor and push for the implementation of recommendations within adopted plans.
This report also provides an update of ongoing processes and responsibilities in our office, such with the Planning Commission (TMAPC), City and County Boards of Adjustment, Preservation Commission, Arts Commission, and Route 66 Commission.
These accomplishments would not be possible if not for the tremendous efforts put forth by the dedicated and talented employees of the Tulsa Planning Office and other entities in the City of Tulsa, and the greater community that supports our work.
Susan Miller, AICP
Director, Tulsa Planning Office