Monday, November 30, 2020

Carillon Parc Steering Committee Formed as Project Gains Momentum

Carillon Parc, a new mixed-use commercial concept, is making strides. With the approval of the Zoning Change and Development Plan at the June 19, 2018 City Council meeting, City staff is making preparations for public spaces planned for this large-scale project.

Given the magnitude of the project which will require involvement from numerous city Boards and Commissions, Council decided at their August 21st meeting to move forward with the formation of a project Steering Committee.

The development plan includes a number of public uses including a public library, parks and open spaces and public art. Also, as part of the development of the library, there have been some initial discussions of potentially using the second floor for performing arts and museum uses.

A project of this size will involve several of the City’s board and commissions: Southlake Parks Development Corporation, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Southlake Arts Council, Community Enhancement Development Corporation and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“We’ve had a handful of projects in the City where you might have one or two boards that might have a common interest in that project,” Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher noted during his Council presentation. “I don’t think we’ve had anything of this magnitude. And so, that’s why this coordinated effort is there.”

As the project moves forward and development preparations are made, Council will work with these boards and commissions to finalize governance plans for the public spaces, while also working closely with the development team through final construction and occupancy.

The proposed Steering Committee will be comprised of the Mayor, three City Council members, including the SPDC Chair, and representatives from the above-listed boards and commissions. It will assist the Council with the development process and be charged with:

  • Reviewing the City’s comprehensive plan elements for project alignment;
  • Developing and recommending to Council project Vision, Goals and Objectives to establish the framework for public space decision-making;
  • Reviewing and commenting on project funding plan, including budgets;
  • Working closely with project staff, consultants, and developer to finalize conceptual plans for facilities; and,
  • Advising Council on other matters as requested.

Advisory board members serving on the Steering Committee, along with staff liaisons will be responsible for keeping their respective boards informed throughout the process. Advisory Boards will discuss, consider, or take other formal action on matters in accordance with the board’s enabling ordinance.

As plans proceed, City Council and board members will actively seek input from the community and potential user groups.

Strong coordination and community feedback will strengthen the process and the final outcome, resulting in public spaces for residents, businesses, and visitors to enjoy.

Learn more about development in Southlake by visiting the Planning and Development Services web page.

Call for Volunteers – Be a Part of Southlake’s Boards and Commissions

Do you want to be part of the City of Southlake team? The City Council is seeking residents who want to be engaged in their community and help support the City Council in their mission.

On October 16, 2018, the Mayor and City Council will make appointments to the Community Engagement Committee, Community Enhancement and Development Corporation,  Crime Control and Prevention District, Library Board, Senior Advisory Commission, and Arts Council.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of community engagement and outreach programs, promoting economic development and new business enterprises, safety and security, library planning and programming, senior-related programs, and public art are encouraged to complete an application for a board or commission. Applications may be obtained from the City’s website.

Each appointment is for a term of two years, unless appointed to fulfill an existing vacancy for an unexpired term. It takes a team to run a City, and City Council wants you to be a part of their team. If you have the desire and the commitment to devote to our community, please complete an application and e-mail it to cborges@ci.southlake.tx.us or fax it to (817) 748-8270 in the City Secretary’s Office.

You can also mail or hand-deliver your application to the City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, Texas 76092. Applications must be received no later than September 4.

The Art in the Square 2016 Kickoff Event is February 21

Once again, the City of Southlake is celebrating the arts and the entire community is invited to the kick off event for Art in the Square on February 21 from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. The event, which will take place in Southlake Town Hall is co-sponsored by the Southlake Arts Council, Apex Arts League, Art in the Square and the Southlake Women’s Club.

Join us for an evening of visual arts, music, food and wine. This annual event will kick off the spring Art in the Square season. The art will be displayed in Southlake Town Hall for two months and then will move outside for the festival the weekend of April 22-24.

The art displayed will be creations by the 2016 Art in the Square featured artists, which were selected by a jury. Music will be provided by solo violinist James Mahler. Culinary tastes and wine will be sponsored by Kroger to compliment the event.

For more information, visit www.apex-arts.org or www.artinthesquare.com.

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