The City of Georgetown is hosting a public meeting to share and review proposed changes to the future land use map on Oct. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
During the meeting, attendees will be able to review and provide feedback on the proposed map. Drafting the future land use map is one of the final steps in completing the update to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The 2030 Plan is a guide for growth and development decisions in the City and is created based on input and feedback from the community.
Representatives from the planning department will also host a live question and answer session on the City of Georgetown Facebook page at noon on Oct. 30.
Feedback from the Oct. 30 meeting will be consolidated and presented to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Council. The update to the 2030 Plan is anticipated to be formally adopted by City Council in early 2020.
Previous Engagement Efforts
The public process to update the 2030 Plan began when the planning department hosted the first citywide engagement day, On the Table, on Oct. 2, 2018.
During On the Table, more than 1,400 people participated in conversations to envision Georgetown’s future. An additional 1,460 people took the first public survey related to the 2030 Plan update. The major themes that emerged included: maintaining the family-oriented, small-town feel, continuing to encourage high-quality development, enhancing citizen participation and engagement, focusing on housing and affordability, enhancing economic development opportunities, maintaining and expanding existing parks and recreation amenities, and improving and diversify the transportation network.
To better understand community needs related to housing and affordability, a second survey was conducted in March. The survey was taken by 566 people who emphasized property taxes, the cost to maintain their home, and public safety as top issues affecting people’s ability to remain in their home. Additionally, the inability to age in place was highlighted as a barrier to remaining at home.
A third survey on gateways and corridors was conducted in April and May. The survey was taken by 337 people who reported characteristics of their favorite and least favorite corridors and identified good and bad examples of design elements along corridors.
Data from all three surveys and On the Table has guided the drafting of the future land use map. Representatives from the planning department are also available to speak to those interested in learning more about the 2030 Plan.
For more information, including a summary of all public feedback, previous presentations to City Council, an FAQ for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, and to schedule an in-person presentation on the 2030 Plan, visit 2030.georgetown.org.