Council adopted the Future Mobility Plan and Future Land Use Plan at its regular meeting on Dec. 12. Both were updated from earlier plans.
Since 2015, the city has experienced tremendous growth, including being ranked as the fastest-growing city over 50,000 population by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2022 and 2023. This growth has led to significant changes in traffic volumes and patterns as well as new employment centers, destinations, and residential development. All of these changes have affected mobility and land use in the Georgetown area.
The Future Mobility Plan includes a Thoroughfare Plan and a Sidewalk Master Plan indicating where new roads, sidewalks, and multi-use paths may be needed to serve future development. The Future Mobility Plan also includes a prioritized project list of future road and mobility projects to be used in creating future capital improvements plans for City budgets. The Future Mobility Plan does not change land or roadway ownership, include road designs or schematics, or change zoning on existing land.
Taking existing conditions and growth patterns into account, the Future Mobility Plan models future traffic demand to project where added roadway capacity or new roads will be needed. The City also offered multiple opportunities for public input on roadway and mobility needs in the past 16 months at open house meetings, festivals, online surveys, and public meetings.
Recommendations of the plan include specific intersection and traffic signal improvements, signal network upgrades, and a list of priority roadway projects. The top-ranked projects are already in design: FM 971, Williams Drive (D.B. Wood Road to Jim Hogg Road), and Hwy. 29 (Haven Lane to Patriot Way). Other highly-ranked recommended projects include NE Inner Loop, Wolf Ranch Parkway, West Ridgeline Boulevard extension, CR 152, and Westinghouse Road. Funding for these projects will likely be from several sources including federal and state programs, City and Williamson County bonds, City sales taxes through the Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation, and contributions from private development.
An update to the Future Land Use Plan changed land use categories in high-growth areas including those along Sam Houston Avenue, Hwy. 195, and east of the 130 tollway. The update process included public meetings and mailed notices to property owners.
To find out more about the Future Mobility Plan and Future Land Use Plan or to read the newly adopted plans, go to 2030.georgetown.org.