Downtown Redevelopment

Updated Downtown Master Plan document now available for review

An updated version of the Round Rock Downtown Master Plan document is now online and at the Library for your review.

There are four chapters in the document. Chapter 1 (PDF) provides an introduction and overview. Chapter 2 (PDF) presents the Vision Master Plan. Chapter 3 (PDF) covers Implementation Policies and Strategies. Chapter 4 (PDF) is the Design Guide, and also includes the Appendix.

There will be a public hearing on the Plan at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

While there could be parts of the Plan you disagree with, it is imperative that we have a plan to guide redevelopment in the downtown area. If we don’t plan adequately for downtown, we will lose the opportunity to re-establish downtown as the heart of the community with a distinctive sense of place.

Without a plan, haphazard development will be scattered throughout the downtown with no regard to the long-term viability of each distinct neighborhood. We’ll be without policies and ordinances to protect viable residential neighborhoods while supporting redevelopment where appropriate. We will be unable to ensure harmony between commercial and residential uses, and we will not have unifying design standards. Pedestrian, parking and cut-through traffic problems will get worse as those issues will go unaddressed in a comprehensive fashion. Infrastructure improvements necessary to ensure the success of the area will not be prioritized and funding options for those improvements will be limited. There will be a lack of consensus about what to do with green spaces in the area, which will result in nothing being done to improve them, and we’ll all continue to lament how Brushy Creek is an underutilized natural asset. Frustration among downtown business and property owners will build as the downtown continues to struggle without the vision and focus necessary to bring about the improvements everyone wants.

As a result, Round Rock will lose the opportunity to preserve its core and brand downtown as a destination, for shopping, dining and entertainment and lose the opportunity to compete at a regional level for tourism and economic development.

Your thoughts? Please comment here on the blog, or call me at 218-5409 or email me at whampton@round-rock.tx.us. I'd love to hear from you.

Comments

enjoyroundrock said:

I love the idea of creating a downtown area that will make people want to spend more time there, such as kid friendly activities; movies/music in a beautiful park setting.  Park setting with ponds/lily pads/small bridge over ponds/fish/frogs.   I think it's important NOT to create a "modern" feel, instead KEEP the WHOLE theme as quant and historic as it already is, only on a larger scale.  

# May 3, 2010 5:04 PM
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