Southlake — Sustainability is the last piece of the city’s 2030 plan.Pamela Muller, deputy mayor pro tem and a member of the 2030 sustainability committee, said planning the city’s sustainability is important to its future.“We want this to be a place where people want to stay,” said Muller.Ken Baker, Planning and Development Services director, told the committee at its Oct. 29 meeting that sustainability goals impact the economy, land and people.Baker said suburbs have a life cycle in which they peak and then commercial and residential developments leave. By planning ahead, they can build and keep “a vibrant community.”The committee will review the city’s plans for water resources, energy, environment, community vitality, waste minimization, transportation and economic and fiscal wellness.Caroline Eckel, assistant to the city manager, said part of the plan could be to have a consultant assess the financial feasibility of the items laid out in the 2030 plan.“Hopefully it will allow us to be very clear and conscientious how we're planning for our future,” she said.The six-member committee features three city council members, three Planning and Zoning members and the Mayor. Southlake’s 2030 plan lays out the city’s initiative for years. In addition to sustainability, the city has also planned future mobility and land use. The committee will meet throughout 2014 before finalizing a plan to bring to the Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods (SPIN) then City Council in in about September 2014.
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