The Town of Matthews has been working to update its Our Town, Our Vision, a planning document adopted in 2005 asking the public its vision for Matthews over the next 10 to 15 years. Town leaders recently approved these 12 revised vision statements:
Well-planned, multi-modal transportation system
A system of improved arterial roads help divert non-local, commuter traffic away from downtown Matthews. Street improvements accommodate cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit services. The Silver Line extension of the light rail provides many benefits to the community and is a welcomed alternative for commuters.
Vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown
Downtown Matthews is a true destination in the region, with a reputation for a variety of dining, entertainment options and thriving local businesses. Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes create a safe and inviting environment. New mixed-use development in the downtown support merchants and add vibrancy to the community.
Walkable and bikeable community
Matthews is a true walkable and bikeable community. There is improved connectivity between neighborhoods and developments with a well-integrated network of streets, sidewalks, bikeways, walking trails and greenway trails. This continuous system provides a multitude of transportation choices for residents.
Small-town feeling and identity
Matthews has kept its small-town identity and welcoming charm. Attractive landscaping, understated signage and wide, shaded sidewalks create an inviting community. Many parks and open spaces are accessible within walking and biking distance from most parts of town. Town residents put a high value on the town’s heritage and the preservation of historic buildings and landmarks throughout the community.
Expanded park and open space system
Matthews has steadily added to its parks and open spaces with an extensive system of greenway trails and multi-use paths connecting residents to schools, parks and neighborhoods.
Destination for arts and culture
Matthews is full of historic character and an impressive offering of arts and entertainment options, including festivals, art shows, concerts and plays. It is this great variety of offerings that has given Matthews an outstanding reputation in the cultural and social landscape of the region.
Quality, community serving schools
The Town of Matthews has worked cooperatively with various educational organizations to ensure that area schools remain community-oriented, appropriately funded and inclusive.
Properly managed growth and development
The Town of Matthews offers a wide variety of housing types and values, with walkable, distinctive and attractive neighborhoods to help meet the housing needs of all residents. Town leaders have balanced the need for sustained economic development with concerns about over-development.
A diverse community
Matthews is a place where people of various racial, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds are equally accepted. This diversity is reflected in membership in town boards and committees.
Community dedicated to public safety
Matthews is a community of neighbors, business owners, police officers, firefighters and other public safety personnel committed to working together for a safe and secure town
Transparent governance and engagement
The Town Board and various town committees have no shortage of interested, qualified people willing to serve. Town commissioners operate in the spirit of transparency and routinely seek the views of their constituents on important decisions. The informed citizenry keeps up with timely and effective communication from the town.
Healthy, sustainable environment
Matthews continues to lead the way in environmental best practices for the region. Tree preservation and a focus on native plant species throughout town have been beneficial to the environment in Matthews. Matthews’ walkable neighborhoods and an emphasis on connectivity have reduced dependency on cars.