On Sept. 14, we forwarded the input we've received from the public, City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, and staff to consultant Torti Gallas to include in the final draft of the Downtown Master Plan. Here are some of the highlights:
- We need to revise the land use map and future road and pedestrian improvements near Brushy Creek. Our goal is to open up the creek for appropriate development, like restaurants with outdoor seating that overlooks the water. So we'll be removing the "Civic" land use designation along the creek between Sheppard and Spring streets to allow for private development. We still want to provide for public access along the creek, particularly for our new proposed Heritage Trail.
- Other creekside changes to the draft plan include: changing the alignment of a future east-west road connecting Pecan to Fannin (Here's a very rough draft map (PDF) showing the new alignment); making Lewis-Spring streets the primary north-south connector between Main Street and Pecan, instead of Burnet Street; and planning for the pedestrian bridge over Brushy Creek to extend north from Lewis instead of Sheppard.
- The roundabouts on Palm Valley Boulevard-U.S. 79 will be removed from the list of catalytic projects.
- Revising Chapter 4, Design Guidelines for Development, so it is clear it is not a form based code. This chapter will no longer include detailed design standards, but will explain why standards will be necessary in a soon-to-be-adopted Zoning Code for downtown.
Which leads us to the schedule. Here is what's on the calendar at present:
- Oct. 6 -- Planning and Zoning Commission process update -- this will be a five-minute presentation
- Oct. 21 -- P&Z work session -- we'll have a full-blown review of the final draft Plan
- Oct. 22 -- City Council update -- we'll discuss results/questions from P&Z work session; this will not be a work session, but rather a presentation with an opportunity for Q&A with the Council
- Nov. 10 -- Public hearing and P&Z consideration of a recommendation to the City Council
- Nov. 12 -- City Council work session
- Nov. 24 -- City Council public hearing and consideration of approval
All meetings will be open to the public.
Once the Plan is adopted, we'll begin work on the Zoning Code. That process is expected to take a few months, and will include further opportunities for public input prior to adoption.
If you've got questions about the process or schedule, please contact me at email@example.com, 218-5409, or, better yet, leave a comment here on the blog!