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City Council Workshops

January 28, 2020 – Implementation Plan Update and Full Plan Draft

January 14, 2020 – Implementation Plan Update

December 10, 2019 – Introduction of Implementation Plan

November 12, 2019 – Future Land Use Plan Updates

October 22, 2019 – Introduction of the Future Land Use Plan

September 10, 2019 – Land Use Element Update

August 27, 2019 – Gateways and Land Use Element Update

July 23, 2019 – Review of Housing Policies and Land Use Element Update

July 9, 2019 – Review of Housing Policies

April 23, 2019 – Review of Joint Session Recommendation on Housing Policies

February 26, 2019 – 2030 Plan Update Goals and Housing Element Update

Dec. 5, 2019, 2030 Update Steering Committee

At the Dec. 5 Steering Committee meeting, the committee discussed the 2030 Plan Implementation Strategies, in preparation for presenting them before City Council. The questions posed to the Steering Committee regarding strategies focused on first impressions, benefits, concerns, options for addressing concerns, and changes that are needed.

Input related to the Steering Committee’s thoughts on the 2030 Plan Implementation Strategies, is summarized in the 2030 Update Steering Committee Input (Dec. 5, 2019).

2030 Update Steering Committee Input (Dec. 5, 2019)

Nov. 7, 2019, 2030 Update Steering Committee

At the Nov. 7 Steering Committee meeting, the committee analyzed the updates completed to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) based on several questions regarding work that has been completed, benefits of the updates, concerns about the updates, and changes that are needed.

Input related to the Steering Committee’s response to updates completed on the FLUM to this point, is summarized in the 2030 Update Steering Committee Input (Nov. 7, 2019).

2030 Update Steering Committee Input (Nov. 7, 2019)

Survey No. 3

A third survey on Gateways and Corridors was conducted in April and May. The survey was taken by 337 people who reported characteristics of their favorite (Austin Avenue corridor) and least (Williams Drive) favorite corridors and identified good and bad examples of design elements along corridors.

Input related to gateways and corridors, including results from Survey No. 3, are summarized in the Gateway Input Report.

Gateways Input Report

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.

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.

Click here to see a list of the adopted 2030 Comprehensive Plan goals.

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.

Georgetown 2030 Plan Phase 1 Input Report (2018.12.05)

2030 Plan Update input summary-On the Table and Survey No. 1

Nov. 13 City Council presentation

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

Williamson County Association of Realtors (18SEP2018) Polling Results

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.

Outreach Events

Planning staff has presented information about the 2030 Plan Update to community organizations and city boards and commissions including:

Commission on Aging
Sertoma Club
Kiwanis Club
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
Coldwell Bankers