What We’ve Heard
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 will meet Feb. 7 to review and confirm the goals, and City Council is expected to confirm the goals during its Feb. 26 meeting.
2030 Comprehensive Plan goals:
- Promote development patterns with balanced land uses that provide a variety of well-integrated housing and retail choices, transportation, public facilities, and recreational options in all parts of Georgetown.
- Reinvest in Georgetown’s existing neighborhoods and commercial areas to build on previous City efforts.
- Provide a development framework that guides fiscally responsible growth, protects historic community character, demonstrates stewardship of the environment, and provides for effective provision of public services and facilities.
- Guide, promote, and assist the preservation and rehabilitation of the City’s historic resources.
- Ensure effective communication, outreach, and opportunities for public participation and community partnerships to foster a strong sense of community.
- Ensure access to diverse housing options and preserve existing neighborhoods, for residents of all ages, backgrounds and income levels.
- Maintain high quality infrastructure, public safety services, and community facilities.
- Actively partner with GISD, Williamson County, other governmental agencies, and local organizations to leverage resources and promote innovation.
- Maintain and add to the existing quality parks and recreation.
- Improve and diversify the transportation network.
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|