City considers Voluntary Annexation

The City of Georgetown is considering a voluntary annexation. The Public Hearings will be held at the September 25, 2018 3:00 pm Special Meeting and the September 25, 2018 6:00 pm Regular City Council meeting, located at the City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Main Street.  The area being considered for annexation is:

The Voluntary Annexation and designation of Public Facilities (PF) zoning district for an approximate 1.42-acre tract in the William Addison Survey, Abstract No. 21, generally located north of E University Ave and west of Inner Loop, to be known as Fire Station No. 7.

National Night Out and On the Table event on Oct. 2

National Night Out, an annual event to support safe neighborhoods, is on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Georgetown. Block parties are being organized from 6 to 9 p.m. The City’s planning department is also partnering with the police department for its On the Table Georgetown event on Oct. 2 as part of the public input process for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update.

National Night Out

Online registration for National Night Out block parties in Georgetown ends Friday, Sept. 21. Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit your block party.

Last year there were more than 100 registered National Night Out events in Georgetown. Georgetown Police Department officers as well as other local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Georgetown firefighters and EMS technicians, and other City employees attended block parties in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Police Department is hosting a reception for hosts of NNO block parties at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B Wood Road.

To register your National Night Out block party in Georgetown, go to pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out.

On the Table Georgetown

As part of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update, the City and its community partners are asking residents to put all their ideas on the table. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your voice in the 2030 Plan, which will be a roadmap to guide the City’s growth and future development decisions.

In the past, the City has held public meetings to gather community input for planning efforts. For the first time the City is asking the public to bring the discussion to their own tables, collect input from their peers and report it back. On the Table Georgetown is a citywide engagement effort that will allow residents across the City of Georgetown to participate in a brief small group discussion all on the same day, wherever they are at.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, everyone in Georgetown is invited to host a mealtime conversation—breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between—with up to 12 of their friends and neighbors. Conversations can be hosted anywhere: homes, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, offices, parks, or places of worship. Residents participating in National Night Out are also encouraged to consider hosting a small group discussion about their ideas for Georgetown in the next 10 years before, after or during their gathering.

Several community organizations will be hosting venues for multiple discussion groups open to the public. Times and locations can be found at 2030.georgetown.org/how-do-i-get-involved/ott.

The City will offer a training session for table hosts on Sept. 26 in conjunction with the National Night Out reception.

For more information and to sign up to host or attend an On the Table Georgetown discussion, click on the On the Table icon at 2030.georgetown.org.

Notice of Voluntary Annexations

City of Georgetown  Notice of Voluntary Annexation

The City of Georgetown is considering voluntary annexations. The Public Hearings will be held at the August 28, 2018 3:00 pm Special Meeting and the August 28, 2018 6:00 pm Regular City Council meeting, located at the City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Main Street.  The areas being considered for annexation are:

Public Hearings for the Voluntary Annexation of an approximate 262.011-acre tract of land situated in the William Roberts League Survey, Abstract No. 524, and a portion of Shell Road, a right-of-way of varying width of record described to the Williamson County, Texas, and directing publication of notice for proposed annexation, for the property generally located along Shell Road, north of Williams Drive to be known as the Shell Road development.

Public Hearings for the Voluntary Annexation of an approximate 553.463-acre tract of land situated in the B. Manlove Survey, Abstract No. 420, Milton Hicks Survey, Abstract No. 287, P. Weathersby Survey, Abstract No. 680, A.M. Brown Survey, Abstract No. 85, J. C. Thaxton Survey, Abstract No. 756, I. Sauls Survey, Abstract No. 595, and I. & G. N. R. R. Survey, Abstract No. 741, and a portion of Farm to Market Road 2243 (FM 2243), a right-of-way of varying width of record described to the State of Texas, and initial zoning of Public Facilities (PF) zoning district designation, for the property generally located along FM 2243, east of CR 286 and west of Escalera Ranch Parkway, to be known as Garey Park.

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexations at dates to be determined. For additional information, please contact the Planning Department, 512-930-3575 or email to planning@georgetown.org.

Proposed Voluntary Annexation of Mourning Dove Subdivision

The City of Georgetown is considering a voluntary annexation of property into the city limits.  The Public Hearings will be held at the May 22, 2018 meeting at 3 pm and March 22, 2018 at 6 pm. City Council meetings are located at the City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Main Street.  The area being considered for voluntary annexation is approximately an 18.331-acre tract of land situated in the Ruidosa Irrigation Company Survey, located at 118 Mourning Dove, west of FM 1460, north of SE Inner Loop and east of S Austin Ave, to be known as the Mourning Dove Subdivision.

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexation.

For additional information, please contact Nathan Jones in the Planning Department, 512-931-7746 or email to nathan.jones@georgetown.org

ANX-2018-002_Mourning Dove Subdivision Location Map

Proposed Voluntary Annexation of Keyes Tract

The City of Georgetown is considering a voluntary annexation of property into the city limits.  The Public Hearings will be held at the May 8, 2018 meeting at 3 pm and March 8, 2018 at 6 pm. City Council meetings are located at the City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Main Street.  The area being considered for voluntary annexation is approximately 44.69 acre tract of land, which includes adjacent right-of-way, situated in the Francis A. Hudson Survey, Abstract No. 295, Williamson County, Texas, generally located south of La Conterra Blvd., west of FM 1460, and north of Westinghouse Road to be known as the Keyes Tract.

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexation.

For additional information, please contact Sofia Nelson in the Planning Department, 512-930-3584 or email to sofia.nelson@georgetown.org.

ANX-2018-003_Location map of Keyes Tract

Proposed annexation of Berry Creek Highlands

The City of Georgetown is considering a voluntary annexation of property into the city limits.  The Public Hearings will be held at the March 27, 2018 meeting at 3 pm and March 27, 2018 at 6 pm. City Council meetings are located at the City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Main Street.  The area being considered for voluntary annexation is approximately 314.54 acres in the Burrell Eaves Survey, located at SH 195 Georgetown, Texas, to be known as Berry Creek Highlands.

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexation on April 24 and May 8, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Sofia Nelson in the Planning Department, 512-930-3584 or email to sofia.nelson@georgetown.org.

Berry Creek Highlands location map

New historic district street signs to be installed

New historic district street signsThe City is installing 554 new historic district street signs throughout the Old Town and Downtown historic districts this weekend, Oct. 14-15.

The architectural design detail on the signs was created by Georgetown artist Nick Ramos and was inspired by the large number of Mesker Brothers storefronts in the downtown area. The City of Georgetown is home to one of the largest collection of Mesker storefronts, which incorporate a crest or shell design in the columns and cornice lines. Examples of the design include the Georgetown Art Center and the Dimmit and M.B. Lockett buildings.

The signs are a “red poppy red” color and feature a flower as part of the architectural design. The design pays tribute to the architectural heritage of the Georgetown community and will help identify the districts and promote the historic nature to residents and visitors.

The signs, which were made in Waco and will be installed by Area Wide Protective crews, are partially funded by the Downtown tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ. The TIRZ helps fund improvement projects throughout the downtown area.

The blue street signs that are being replaced will be sold for $10 each during the Nov. 11 Market Days event on the Square. Signs will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis during the event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Council to consider voluntary annexations

The City Council is hosting public hearings for four voluntary annexations at the Aug. 8 and Aug. 22, 2017, meetings. Council will consider action on these items on Sept. 12, and a second reading is to be determined. Most of the described properties below are being annexed in anticipation of future development.

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 244.54 acres in the Fredrick Foy Survey, Abstract Number 229, located approximately along and between the intersections of Ronald Reagan Boulevard at CR 245 and Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard to be known as Highland Village.  Location Map – Highland Village

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 133.1 acres in the Fredrick Foy Survey, Abstract Number 229, located approximately along and between the intersections of Ronald Reagan Boulevard at CR 245 and Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard to be known as Berry Creek Highlands.  Location Map Berry Creek Highlands

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 120.5 acres in the Lewis P. Dyches Survey, Abstract Number 171, located approximately west of the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and CR 245 to be known as Somerset Hills – 1.  Location Map – Somerset Hills 1

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 314.5 acres in the Burrell Eaves Survey, Abstract Number 216, located approximately northwest of the intersection of Hwy. 195 and Shell Road to be known as Somerset Hills – 2.  Location Map – Somerset Hills 2

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexations at dates to be determined. For additional information, contact the Planning Department at 512-930-3575 or email planning@georgetown.org.

City hosts open house for Historic Resources Survey update

The City of Georgetown will host an open house meeting July 13 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 101 E. Seventh St., to discuss the 2016 Historic Resources Survey cumulative results.

The survey, which is an update of the 1984 and 2007 Historic Resources Surveys, was completed by consultants Cox-McLain Environmental Consulting Inc. The survey included properties in the Historic Overlay Districts as well as those in the 1984 and 2007 surveys that are outside of the overlay districts that were constructed prior to 1975.

The 2016 survey identifies 1,677 properties: 191 high priority resources, 589 medium priority resources, and 897 low priority resources. Of the properties that were also documented on the prior surveys, 236 properties on the 2016 Survey changed priority status, including:

  • 57 properties that were upgraded in priority of which five properties went from medium to high priority, three properties went from low to high priority, and 49 properties went from low to medium priority.
  • 179 properties were downgraded in priority of which 14 properties went from high to medium priority and 165 properties went from medium to low priority.

Property owners with questions about their property’s classification or who would like to provide more information about the history of their property are asked to contact the Planning Department by email at historic@georgetown.org or by telephone at (512) 930-2545 to set up an appointment. Individual meetings for property owners to meet with the historians are available July 13. Additional meeting dates are available upon request.

For more information and to view the Historic Resources Survey, visit historic.georgetown.org/introduction/historic-resource-survey.

 

Planning Association names the Square a Great Public Space

The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association announced April 3 that it had designated the Georgetown Square as a Great Public Space in its Great Places in Texas program.

According to the organization, Great Places in Texas exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.

“The Great Place in Texas award represents decades of great planning, investment and dedication to the crown jewel of our community by many City Councils, city staff, and boards and commissions—both present and past,” Georgetown Planning Director Sofia Nelson said.

The Square was one of six places designated in the first Great Places in Texas program, which was modeled after the American Planning Association’s ongoing Great Places in America program.

“Georgetown’s Town Square, termed ‘the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,’ truly is a great public space,” said Lori Schwarz, chair of the Great Places in Texas Selection Committee.  “The historic Square is the focal point for community events and heritage preservation efforts, which provide opportunities for small business and restaurants to thrive in a vibrant pedestrian environment.”

Other Great Places in Texas designees include:

  • Downtown McKinney
  • North Richland Hills – HomeTown
  • Fredericksburg – Main Street
  • San Angelo River Walk
  • Springtown Tabernacle

Through Great Places in Texas, the Texas Chapter of APA recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities—streets, neighborhoods and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day, places that are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. Such places are defined by many characteristics, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.

For more information about the 2017 Great Places in Texas, as well as a list of the Great Places in America designees located in the state, visit http://www.txplanning.org/great-places-in-texas/