City celebrates Downtown Georgetown as one of five Great Neighborhoods in U.S.

The City will celebrate the recent naming of Historic Downtown Georgetown as a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Associations with an ice cream social on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn, 710 S. Main St., on Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event will feature ice cream from All Things Kids and will include a proclamation from Mayor Dale Ross.

“It is exciting to learn that Georgetown’s historic downtown district, centered around the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, has been named one of the Great Places in America,” Ross said. “Our downtown, with art galleries, museums, our public library, and street festivals, is also a state-recognized cultural district. This wonderful recognition for the heart of our community is a tribute to our citizens who have cared for the historic buildings as well as the people who live and work and visit here.”

According to the APA, the Great Places in America Program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the U.S. demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

The Great Neighborhoods of 2018 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

“Great Places take decades to create, maintain and evolve into the spaces we have the privilege of enjoying today,” Georgetown Planning Director Sofia Nelson said. “It is through the leadership and work that happens every day by citizens, property owners, elected and appointed officials, city staff and the community at large that we have the Historic Downtown Georgetown we have today.”

Historic Downtown Georgetown was one of five neighborhoods to make the APA’s Great Places in America list. Other Great Neighborhoods include:

  • Canalway Cultural District – Lowell, Massachusetts
  • The Village of Shelburne Falls – Shelburne & Buckland, Massachusetts
  • Guthrie Historic District – Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Ghent – Norfolk, Virginia

For more information about the award, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/2018/georgetown.

City considers voluntary annexation

The City of Georgetown is considering voluntary annexations. The Public Hearings for these proposed annexations will be held at the October 23, 2018 3:00 pm Special Meeting and the October 23, 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 Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation and designation of initial zoning to Local Commercial (C-1) zoning district upon annexation for an approximate 6.375-acre tract in the Lewis P. Dyches Survey, Abstract No. 171, and County Road (CR) 245, a right-of-way of varying width described to Williamson County, Texas, generally located at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and CR 245, to be known as the Highland Village 2 Non-Residential Tract.

Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation and designation of initial zoning to Public Facilities (PF) zoning district upon annexation for an approximate 22.896-acres to include adjacent right-of-way in the William Addison League Survey, Abstract No. 21, generally east of CR 110 and North of CR 111, to be known as Georgetown ISD Elementary School No. 7.

Agenda items will be posted with more information prior to the meetings at: http://agendas.georgetown.org/    Or contact the Planning Department at Planning@Georgetown.org.

On The Table event on Oct. 2

The City’s Planning Department invites residents to participate in the On the Table Georgetown event on Oct. 2 as part of the public input process for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update.

The City and its community partners are asking residents to put all their ideas for the future of Georgetown 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.

“This process helps guide the City’s land development decisions and set the vision for Georgetown. This is a great opportunity for residents across the city to give input on the future of our great city,” Mayor Dale Ross said.

On the Table Georgetown is a citywide engagement effort that will allow residents from across the City of Georgetown to participate in small group discussions all on the same day, at any location. 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 conversations will bring the opinions of individuals and businesses to the attention of those leaders who are directly involved with the strategic vision for Georgetown,” said Jim Johnson, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, everyone in Georgetown is invited to host a conversation 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 an On The Table discussion before, during or after their gathering.

Several community organizations, including the Georgetown Health Foundation, the chamber, Southeast Georgetown Community Council, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, and Southwestern University, will be hosting multiple discussion groups open to the public. Times and locations can be found at 2030.georgetown.org/how-do-i-get-involved/ott.

Teachers and students at several Georgetown ISD schools will also be engaging in discussions throughout the day.

“We believe that community engagement enhances the educational experience of our students, and On the Table is a perfect opportunity for students to share their ideas and have a voice in the community where they live and play,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said. “We’re proud to participate in this event and support our city partners in planning for the future.”

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.

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.