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City seeks public input on Development Philosophy statement

The City of Round Rock in early 2009 began work on improving its land development processes. This effort is part of the City’s overall philosophy of continuous improvement, and builds on previous efforts to streamline the land development process.

The project began with the development and deployment of a confidential online survey, conducted by Plante Moran on behalf of the City and Round Rock Chamber of Commerce from Jan. 20 to Feb. 16, 2009, regarding our development process. More than 460 individual logins were created with approximately 230 completing one or more sections of the survey.

The survey responses were analyzed by an internal City work group and the results (PDF) were presented to the Round Rock City Council at its regular meeting on June 11, 2009. City staff recommended creating a Development Philosophy document to serve as a basis for future policy development. In August 2009, the Round Rock City Council discussed the development process as one of the summer retreat agenda items.

A Development Philosophy statement is being crafted which is intended to communicate a high level of the City’s philosophy when it comes to development in Round Rock. Once a final document is approved by Council, it will serve as the guiding philosophy from which the staff will propose policies and make process changes to ensure alignment with the Council’s vision.  This should serve us well in many areas including helping make sure expectations are clear before a development project begins in Round Rock.

You can read the draft Development Philosophy statement here (PDF). We'd like to hear your opinion of this statement, on this blog, or comments can also be emailed to Assistant City Manager Cindy Demers at cdemers@round-rock.tx.us.

Comments

Lillian said:

What concerns most residents is taxes.  I'd say we should look at cost.  I would minimize any additional features which are not essential and add cost.

Another major criteria is, we certainly do need a building which is stately enough that it provides the credibility that city government deserves.

City government needs the authority to keep order and protect property. The building should inspire trust, be reminiscent of heritage and support of authority.  Red brick and high quality flooring come to my mind as supportive of these attributes.

# November 11, 2009 10:32 AM

Kerstin Harding said:

I think this is great!

Comments:

Should some of the major stategic goals also be in text boxes - goal 1, 4, etc?

Components of good design: may want to move the compatibility items closer to the functionality of broader use item (functionality in context?)

Under durability or architectural detail: should there be a mention of whether the design is faddish and likely to quickly become dated? Will updating the design require simple finish changes or major structural changes (think 1980s formed concrete strip malls)? How easily can the form be adapted to a new use if/when market conditions change?

It's good that Predicatibility is the first item in values.  I might add something about consistency between projects/adherence to long-term plans.  Developers also like to know that their neighbors/competitors will be held to the same standards they are.  Does this go with the bounded flexibility section?

I like the statement Upfront and Broadbased communication - the earlier issues are addressed, the less expense in redesign.  Does "broadbased" imply conveyance of suggestions and intent that may not be strictly referenced, but that potentially improve the end quality of the product?

The formalized process feedback is another important element that has been missing - I'm glad it's here.

# November 12, 2009 11:47 AM
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