The City of Round Rock is developing an integrated land use, transportation, and economic development Downtown Master Plan. Our mission is to create a design and policy strategy for a thriving town center featuring a viable mix of retail, dining, entertainment, residential and public spaces, in a walkable and historically sensitive environment to enhance our sense of place, economy and quality of life.
The Downtown Master Plan will include the creation of an urban design vision for the area, land development regulations, public space development, guidance for transportation and utility infrastructure, steps for neighborhood preservation, and economic development strategies necessary to support the desired vision, and will establish a regulatory framework to guide future private investment. The regulations may vary significantly for different portions of the study area.
Here's a map (PDF) of the Plan area.
The Master Plan document (approved on second and final reading by the City Council on June 24, 2010, following a public hearing on May 13, 2010) can be accessed here. There are four chapters. 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. A copy of the Plan is also available for review at the Round Rock Public Library.
Ongoing public input can be offered on our downtown project blog or by contacting Will Hampton, project manager, at 218-5409.
The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Feb. 3, 2010, prior to its unanimous vote recommending approval of the Plan to the City Council.
An open house was held Jan. 12-13, 2010, at the Community Room of the McConico Building. A public hearing was held Nov. 10, 2009, at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. An open house was held Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, 2009, for input on the draft plan and design guidelines. A week-long charrette was held Jan. 12-16, 2009, to gather public input for the plan. Here is the final presentation (PDF) from the charrette.
The City Council hired Torti Gallas and Partners at its Aug. 28, 2008, meeting as the lead consultant for the project. Here's a simple chart (PDF) that lays out the process and timeline for the Master Plan.
Consultants from Glatting Jackson spent three days in Round Rock in November 2007 to help the City define a scope of services needed for the Downtown Master Plan. The report (PDF) summarizes interviews with City Councilmembers, City staff, downtown business and property owners, as well as the results of a public meeting attended by more than 150 people.
The Round Rock City Council made the redevelopment of downtown one of its strategic priorities at its annual summer planning retreat in August 2007. The report (PDF) includes comments from Councilmembers who visited other cities to learn first-hand about the redevelopment of downtown areas.
Walkability expert Dan Burden conducted a walking audit of downtown in June 2007. His report (PDF) highlights some of the issues facing future development downtown, as well as notes the remarkable opportunity for placemaking in Round Rock.
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