We've got a couple of meetings coming up regarding the Downtown Master Plan.
First, we'll have a presentation and discussion with the City Council at its Thursday, March 11 meeting. Councilmembers have been taking driving tours of the Plan area this week, and the discussion will center on questions they have about the Plan. Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Al Kosik is also scheduled to attend the meeting, and will discuss the P&Z's extensive review of the Plan.
Here's a link to a memo (PDF) which lists the significant changes to the Plan from the first draft of the document, which was delivered in May 2009, as well as outstanding issues, i.e., public concerns about elements of the Plan that have not been resolved.
Next, we'll have a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., to receive public comments on a design schematic (PDF) for the Round Rock Avenue realignment at Liberty Avenue and Brown Street. Transportation Planner John Dean has been meeting with business owners and landowners immediately adjacent to the proposed realignment over the past couple of weeks. The March 23 meeting will give everyone an opportunity to see what is proposed, and comment on it. It's a working draft, not a final set of plans, so we would really appreciate your input now.
The realignment will help accomplish two significant features of the Plan's vision: First, by routing traffic on Round Rock Avenue to Liberty and Brown (here's a before and after PDF graphic), we'll create a much safer pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Mays and Main streets. The realignment also allows for the creation a Town Green by removing Round Rock Avenue from Brown to Mays. The creation of a walkable downtown and a central gathering point are both fundamental to the placemaking aspect of the Plan.