Norman has a history of long-range community planning efforts. It includes such work as Norman 2020, Norman 2025, LINK Norman and other efforts to galvanize and document what stakeholders envision the community should look like a generation from now.

The city council's planning committee will now take up the task with a community dialogue meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Norman High School. Volunteers from different areas will help facilitate table discussions on various subjects ranging from health care to entertainment opportunities.

Ward 4 Councilmember Cindy Rosenthal, chair of the planning committee, said the goal of the first community dialogue is to collect data that will be used for future meetings. Facilitators want to know the five most important challenges and the five most important opportunities facing the city.

Reservations are suggested by May 15 and will help organizers plan for space. But as the hairstyle shop says, walk-ins are welcome. A reservation form is available at City Hall or on the Web site at www.normanok.gov.

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