What We’ve Heard
Survey No. 2
To better understand community needs related to housing and affordability, a community input theme identified from the first survey and On The Table, a second survey was conducted in March. The survey was taken by 566 people who highlighted property taxes, the cost to maintain their home, and public safety as top issues affecting people’s ability to stay in their homes. Additionally, the inability to age in place was highlighted as a top reason for residents to leave their neighborhoods.
To better support aging in place, respondents highlighted the need for support services (e.g. home modifications and financial assistance), accessibility, healthcare, and transportation. Respondents highlighted a preference for smaller homes on smaller lots and a desire for a variety of housing types, including townhomes and mixed-use developments.
To better support affordability, respondents also highlighted the need for a broad range of housing costs, particularly lower housing prices.
Input related to housing, including results from Survey No. 2, are summarized in the Housing Input Report.
Jan. 10, 2019, Joint Session of City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission
City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission met Jan. 10 to discuss updating the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan land use goals.
The goals will help guide the development of the City’s future growth.
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee met Feb. 7 to review and confirm the goals, and City Council confirmed the goals during its Feb. 26 meeting.
On The Table Oct. 2, 2018, and Survey No. 1
Thanks to everyone who participated in the On the Table event on Oct. 2. In total, more than 1,400 people were a part of great conversations helping to outline Georgetown’s future. Also, 1,460 people took the first public survey for the 2030 Plan update. The major themes that emerged from the public input are: maintain the family-oriented, small-town feel, continue to encourage high-quality development, enhance citizen participation and engagement, focus on housing and affordability, enhance economic development opportunities, maintain and expand existing parks and recreation amenities, and improve and diversify the transportation network.
These are only the first opportunity for the public to help shape Georgetown’s future. Be on the lookout for opportunities to continue to participate in early-2019.
Williamson County Realtors Event September 18, 2018
On September 18, 2018, the City of Georgetown met with members of the Williamson County Association of Realtors to discuss relevant elements of the 2030 Plan, present key trends from the State of the City, and solicit input on existing conditions within the real estate market. The presentation included interactive polling, in which the following trends were identified:
- 47% identified affordability as the most important factor among clients.
- 37% identified schools as the second most important factor among clients
- 26% identified regional access as the third most important factor among clients, followed by neighborhood aesthetics and retail/services
- 63% identified condos as a difficult housing type to locate for clients; 18 percent said the same for townhomes
- The price points with the highest demand in Georgetown are $200,000 to 250,000 (41%) and $250,000-300,000 (32%)
- 84% said there is not enough housing to meet demand
- 79% said Georgetown’s housing quality meets client expectations
Real Estate Round Table June 26, 2018
Georgetown real estate professionals broke out into three groups on June 26th to discuss housing trends from realtor, developer and financing perspectives. Some of the things we heard include:
- Tightness of market
- Recognition of need for affordability
- Infrastructure challenges
- Regulatory challenges
- Perception of schools
Notes with comments from the event can be found here: Real Estate Round Table Feedback.
Planning staff has presented information about the 2030 Plan Update to community organizations and city boards and commissions including:
|Commission on Aging|
|Georgetown Economic Development Corporation|
|Georgetown Government and Finance Board|
|Real Estate Round Table|
|Berry Creek Men’s Club|
|Sun City Neighborhood 16 – Men’s coffee group|
|Williams Drive TIRZ|
|Main Street Advisory Board|