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/

UDC Amendments take effect April 1

Changes to the Unified Development Code that were approved by City Council on February 28, 2017, will take effect on April 1, 2017.  After numerous public meetings over the past year, Council approved several amendments to the code.  Most of these changes were based on previous updates to the City’s Comprehensive (2030) Plan and Elements in prior years.

The newly amended code is now published and available for download. The Development Manual will be updated to reflect those changes.  The red-lined chapters, as part of the Ordinance, will remain on the website so the changes can be seen. The primary changes made to the Unified Development Code from the existing regulations include:

  • Chapter 3 – Development Applications
    • Development Application Order
    • Plat Extensions
    • Establishing a Subdivision Variance process
  • Chapters 6 and 7 – Development Standards
    • Clarified setback requirements
    • Applicability of Chapters
  • Chapter 12 – Pedestrian and Vehicle Circulation
    • Pedestrian and Bicycle mobility
    • Streets
    • Driveways and Easement
    • Road Adequacy Standards
    • Established a formula for existing and future connectivity
    • Intersection spacing
    • Cul-de-sac- protection
  • Chapter 13 – Public Improvements
    • Codification of current practice for requesting voluntary annexation
  • Chapter 16 – Definitions
    • Modified definitions for transportation related items

To view the new UDC in its entirety, please go to the website: https://udc.georgetown.org/unified-development-code/ .

Questions can be directed to planning@georgetown.org.

Unified Development Code Amendments Office Hours

The City of Georgetown Planning Department will be hosting office visiting hours for anybody interested in learning more about the amendments, running through specific development examples, and addressing any questions you may have. Dedicated office hours will be held Wednesday, January 4 from  4 to 6 p.m.

To sign up for a specific appointment please email planning@georgetown.org. If a different time or day works better for you please do not hesitate to email us so we can arrange a separate time. UDC proposed changes can be found at udc.georgetown.org/udc-amendments.

Unified Development Code Amendments Proposed

Newspaper AdThe Unified Development Code (UDC) Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing and consider proposed amendments to the UDC on Wednesday, October 12th at 3:00. The proposed amendments primarily pertain to the transportation, utility, and subdivision provisions of the code. The UDC Advisory Committee and City staff have worked throughout the year discussing and refining draft language with the intent to improve City street and sidewalk design and ensure adequate public improvements through development. The draft proposals are now ready for further public discussion and input. The meeting on October 12th will be held at the Historic Light and Water Works Building at 406 W. 8th Street and will be followed by additional public meetings at dates to be determined. The proposed amendments can be found here.

 

Downtown Retail Workshop on June 16

A downtown workshop to focus on the commercial downtown area for the Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan for Georgetown will be hosted by the City of Georgetown and Catalyst Commercial on June 16.

The City of Georgetown and the Georgetown Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO) have partnered with Catalyst Commercial, a leading expert in retail recruitment, marketing, and strategy to conduct a retail market analysis and create a Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan customized for Georgetown.  This project will measure the current retail environment, address the types and locations of retail outlets that will be most beneficial for the citizens and successful for businesses, and create a more diversified retail environment in our community.

The workshop on June 16 will be a venue for downtown stakeholders to share their thoughts about Georgetown’s opportunities to attract and retain retail establishments in downtown.

The event is on Thursday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. A light breakfast will be provided.

Walk-ins are welcome. Help us prepare by RSVP to Andreina Davila-Quintero, City of Georgetown Project Coordinator, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at Andreina.Davila@georgetown.org or (512) 931-7686.  If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit https://invest.georgetown.org/retail-strategy-and-recruitment-plan/.

Historic Resource Survey Kickoff Meeting Feb. 4

The City of Georgetown is conducting an update of the Historic Resource Survey this year. A kickoff meeting to provide information on the update process will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in the historic Light and Waterworks Building at 406 W. Eighth Street. (This is the east entrance to the red brick former power plant building with the smokestack.)

The Historic Resource Survey documents historic resources such as houses and other structures through fieldwork and research. Each historic resource is documented with photographs, maps, and a written description on a form. Structures in the city limits or extra-territorial jurisdiction that extends 3.5 miles beyond city limits are included in the survey.

The first Historic Resource Survey in Georgetown was conducted in 1984. It was updated in 2007. The current survey map can be seen online at historic.georgetown.org/historic-resource-survey.

Undertaking a survey to identify historic resources acknowledges that these resources have value to the community and future generations. Historic resources provide character, continuity and a sense of uniqueness to the community. The survey project is an opportunity to capture and preserve the stories of Georgetown’s unique and vibrant history.

If you have questions about the meeting or the overall project, contact Matt Synatschk, historic planner for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930‐3581 or matt.synatschk@georgetown.org.

Assistant City Manager to Lead Development for Georgetown

Wayne Reed webA deputy city manager from Centennial, Colorado, has been chosen as the new assistant city manager for the City of Georgetown. Wayne Reed will lead development-related departments in his new position with the City, which he will start on January 25. Reed was the top choice from a pool of 130 applicants from 27 states and Puerto Rico.

“Wayne has an extensive background in planning and community development that makes him an exceptional choice to help manage the tremendous growth that Georgetown is expected to experience over the next several years,” says City Manager David Morgan. “His innovative experience and leadership qualities will be instrumental in helping to guide and promote quality development as well as making Georgetown a smart place to invest.”

With more than 19 years of local government experience in both Colorado and Texas, Reed currently serves as the deputy city manager for the City of Centennial, Colorado. In that role, Reed oversees Community Development, Public Works, and the Office of Innovation for the growing Denver suburb with 107,000 residents. He previously served as Centennial’s community development director. Reed previously held the position of planning director for the Town of Berthoud, Colorado, and also served as a planner for the city of Arvada, Colorado, and Denton, Texas.

A graduate of Texas A&M University with a master’s degree in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, Reed also served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve. Reed is a certified planning professional and a member of the International City/County Management Association, American Public Works Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, and the American Planning Association.

After he starts in Georgetown, one of Reed’s first projects will be to hire a new person to lead economic development efforts for the City. Reed joins two incumbent assistant city managers for Georgetown: Laurie Brewer and Jim Briggs.

Council to Consider Voluntary Annexations

The City Council is holding public hearings for four voluntary annexations at the January 12th and January 26th meetings. Council will consider action on these items on February 9th and a second reading to be determined. Most of the described properties below are being annexed in anticipation of future development.

Below are the properties with a location map of each:

  • Public Hearing for the voluntary annexation of 17.81 acres in the LJ Dyches Survey, located at 1000 FM 1460. Location Map
  • Public Hearing for the voluntary annexation of various additions to the Williams Drive right-of-way as conveyed to the City from Williamson County, from DB Wood through the Jim Hogg intersection.  Williams Dr ROW
  • Public Hearing for the voluntary annexation of 207.147 acres in the Addison Survey, located at 2750 County Road 110.  Location Map
  • Public Hearing for the voluntary annexation of 10.058 acres in the Francis Hudson Survey, located at 555 Rabbit Hill Road. Location Map

For questions about these annexation proposals, please contact Jordan Maddox at 512-930-3575 or the Planning Department front desk. Service Plans for each area are available online and at the Planning Department office at 406 W. 8th Street.