City’s mobility plan rolls forward

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Editor's Note: This story has been edited to reflect the plan to extend State Street to Division Street.

Plans are moving forward for future roads, sidewalks, trails, bike routes and lighted street signs.

At a recent meeting, the Southlake 2030 Mobility Master Plan Committee finalized and prioritized future projects. The mobility outline is one part of the city’s multi-year plan. Other aspects of the plan include land usage, parks and open space, community facilities, economic development, water conservation and waste water, signage, public art and urban design.

The mobility plan prioritized future projects by using a tiered process. Tier 1 high priority projects would aim to be introduced into the city’s yearly Capital Improvement Plan in the next 1-3 years. Tier 2 projects are projected within 4 to 7 years, and Tier 3 beyond.

The mobility committee includes members from Planning and Zoning, City Council, Parks and Recreation board, the Carroll school district and the mayor.

“I think the amount of time and energy spent by numerous board members and city council members over many years has really culminated in this mobility plan,” Mayor John Terrell said. “I believe it’s a plan that’s going to sustain and make better the city’s mobility for years to come.”

The committee’s goal is to, “develop an innovative mobility system that provides for the safe, convenient, efficient movement of people and goods, reduces traffic congestion, promotes energy and transportation efficiency and promotes expanded opportunities for citizens to meet routine needs by walking or bicycling.”

Some Tier 1 projects are already in the works. A traffic signal at Watermere Drive and FM 1709 is expected to be installed by year’s end.

Many of the projects include road expansions, widening and the creation of roundabouts.

The city wants to create a roundabout at W. Dove Road and N. Peytonville Avenue to help alleviate heavy traffic in a school zone; create a Texas Turnaround at N. Carroll Avenue at Texas 114; and extend State Street from Federal Way to Division Street.

Citizen feedback showed a desire for “more/better sidewalks.” The mobility plan includes Tier 1 sidewalk projects that will improve sidewalks or create new walkways to fill in gaps.

New developments in the city are required to install sidewalks. Committee members debated whether to fill in sidewalk gaps now or wait for a future development to pay for the sidewalk.

“We prefer to wait, but again there's a lot of demand,” said Ken Baker, the city’s senior director of planning and development services. “We want to use taxpayer dollars as efficiently and as wisely as possible, but we also understand the need for connectivity.”

In many cases, if the city creates a sidewalk before a development is established, the sidewalk is destroyed.

The mobility plan will now move to the community-based Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods (SPIN) before heading to Planning and Zoning and the City Council. If SPIN has considerable feedback, it will be reviewed by the mobility committee.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

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