Colleyville In its first meeting of 2014, City Council got to work on plans that will shape the city’s future.
At the Jan. 7 meeting the Council established the first steps in the city’s comprehensive plan and reviewed changes to a confusing, and in some cases unfair, sidewalk policy.
Making sidewalks equitable
City staff gathered feedback on proposed changes to the sidewalk policy.
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City leaders hope to have a more “equitable” policy that gives city staff more decision-making power.
Changes include simplifying the policy so that all new developments will have to build a sidewalk.
Applicants can request to pay into an escrow fee in lieu of building a sidewalk, and city staff will decide if an escrow is warranted.
The city uses escrow fees to build sidewalks in one of six districts. This means that escrow fees may be used anywhere in a certain area, not directly on the applicant’s property.
While city staff is reviewing an escrow request, building permits will not be approved. This is to remove the chance that applicants may build a property and later say he or she did not know they had to build a sidewalk.
City leaders hope to have a plan that will allow the city to build the connectivity its citizen’s desire.
“There’s a bigger structure than just talking about what’s on your front door,” Councilman Mike Taylor said. “That’s where it seems we get hung up and tripped up. Folks get hung up on individual rather than the connectivity of the whole city.”’
City staff will return with with a more formal amendment in the future.
Creating a comprehensive plan
City Council members first outlined who worked serve on the comprehensive plan advisory committee.
The committee will steer the direction that staff and outside consultants take with creating the plan.
City leaders will use the plan to guide future decision making. It includes a future land use plan, updating the city’s thoroughfare plan, the current parks master plan, infrastructure needs and housing and neighborhood integrity.
City staff will work with outside consulting firm HALFF to create the plan.
“That idea of vision is real important,” said James Carrillo, HALFF director of planning. “Twenty years from now what do you envision Colleyville being.”
He told the Council that the plan has three keys to success: To have a framework for the long-term redevelopment of SH 26, to enhance the city’s quality of life and create a competitive local and regional market.
City Council members Chuck Mogged, Carol Wollin and Mayor David Kelly will join the committee that includes Planning and Zoning Commission and Architectural Review Commission members and residents.
Carrillo and city staff expect creating the plan to run to November with public engagement occurring in spring.