MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) —After delays, Memphis city leaders are expected to once again debate the Memphis 3.0 plan to improve the Bluff City.
City Council discussion of the plan is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Depending on that conversation, the plan could see changes before its planned July 2nd vote.
The Memphis 3.0 plan by Mayor Jim Strickland focuses on building the City up and not out.
It includes strategies for improving land use, transportation, environment and civic capacity.
Mayor Strickland previously said it centers around investing in more neighborhoods.
“We have to bring the infrastructure improvements and their growth that so many other parts of the city are experiencing like Downtown and Midtown, to every sector of the city, every neighborhood,” Strickland said.
No matter the intention, it’s been met with backlash and even a lawsuit which has led to the delays in implementing it.
Critics called the plan gentrification and that it did not address racial equity.
Recently, that legal challenge was dismissed in federal court. The court ruling says that it lacked jurisdiction.
“You’re not going to come to our community and give us greenspace, bicycling trails, walking trails and environmental assessments. We want TIF. We want TDZ zones. We want incentives. We want Capitol funding. We want home development. We also want community builder grants,” Dr. Carnita Atwater previously said.
Dr. Atwater has been vocally opposed of the plan and led the lawsuit against it.
Last month, Mayor Strickland did enact portions of Memphis 3.0 by executive order.
It’s still up to the council to choose how to move the rest of the plan forward.
Click here to read the plan in its entirety.