Southlake Journal

April 14, 2014

Colleyville invites public to comprehensive plan meeting

Citizens will get a chance to voice opinions in city’s guide.

Colleyville residents can bring their vacation photos to a workshop on the city’s comprehensive plan, if they’ll help illustrate a vision for the city into the next 20 years, said Ron Ruthven, city development director.

City staff will host a public workshop 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Colleyville Center as early stages of drafting a plan begin.

Ruthven said the plan’s goals flow into the city’s budget, strategic and capital improvement.

“Anything you can touch, feel or see in the city, the comprehensive plan will address it,” Ruthven said. “It really focuses on the built environment, the physical environment and the natural open space too.”

City staff will update residents on today’s Colleyville and then break into group sessions to discuss topics such as State Highway 26, neighborhoods, roadways, facilities and more.

Ruthven said citizen feedback is important.

“I'd say its vital. It’s key,” he said. “Without that the plan is just not as useful as it could be. It’s the citizens input that we need to map the direction we want to go.”

Later in the week, staff will meet with owners of the city’s larger undeveloped commercial properties to create design ideas. Another public meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Colleyville Center, where staff from HALFF Associates, Inc., the company the city contracted to help with the plan’s development, will present the feedback data from Tuesday that they have gathered.

The city will collect more feedback from neighborhoods, focus groups and the school district through the spring and summer months before crafting a plan. Ruthven said it should be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.

The last time the city created a comprehensive plan was in 2004. Ruthven said while staff aims to revisit the plan every 5 years, the 2008 recession forced a change in priorities.

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