Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will implement his much-delayed Memphis 3.0 plan Tuesday morning by executive order, according to a statement from his office Monday evening.
Strickland began working on the plan soon after taking office. That work included gathering opinions and priorities about the city's future from thousands from across the city at dozens of events. The plan is to serve as a long-range planning document for the city.
Implementing the plan ran into delays, however, as Memphis City Council members mulled the plan for weeks. The council delayed yet another vote on 3.0 last week after a new lawsuit was filed by a group that argues the plan does not do enough for African-American neighborhoods. (See our story links below for more details.)
In a news advisory issued Monday evening, Strickland announced he will implement the plan via executive order Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
Here's what Strickland's office said about the move:
"Over the course of two years, at hundreds of community meetings and events more than 15,000 Memphians let their voices be heard in the process of creating a long-range development plan for our city.
"After much thought and deliberation, Mayor Strickland will sign an executive order implementing Memphis 3.0."
The signing event is planned for Tuesday, May 14th, 9 a.m.; The Works, Inc. (1471 Genesis Circle).