Thursday, October 22, 2020

Proclamation for Community Planning Month

On October 26, 2017 at Southlake Town Hall, Mayor Laura Hill presented the Planning and Development Services department with a proclamation designating October as National Community Planning Month.

The proclamation recognizes planning staff, but also the dedicated elected and appointed officials as well as the citizens who contribute to the development of Southlake.

The City of Southlake has a number of volunteer boards and commissions involved in the development process, including: City Council, Community Enhancement Development Corporation, Crime Control and Prevention District, Parks & Recreation Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, Southlake Parks Development Corporation, Building Board of Appeals, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. These boards not only review development proposals, but also develop comprehensive plan elements, oversee how City funds are spent, advise on matters related to recreational areas and facilities, and much more. Click here for more information about Boards & Commissions in the City of Southlake.

The proclamation reads as follows:

Change is constant and affects all cities, towns, suburbs, counties, boroughs, townships, rural areas, and other places; and,

Whereas, community planning and plans can help manage this change in a way that provides better choices for how people work and live; and,

Whereas, community planning provides an opportunity for all residents to be meaningfully involved in making choices that determine the future of their community; and,

Whereas, the full benefits of planning requires public officials and citizens who understand, support, and demand excellence in planning and plan implementation; and,

Whereas, the month of October is designated as National Community Planning Month throughout the United States of America and its territories; and,

Whereas, the celebration of National Community Planning Month gives us the opportunity to publicly recognize the participation and dedication of the members of planning commissions and other citizen planners who have contributed their time and expertise to the improvement of the City of Southlake; and,

Whereas, we recognize the many valuable contributions made by professional community and regional planners of the City of Southlake and extend our heartfelt thanks for the continued commitment to public service by these professionals; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017, as Community Planning Month in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month.

Planning for the future in Southlake: Southlake 2035 underway

The next phase of comprehensive planning in the City of Southlake is moving forward with Southlake 2035.

In the last few months, the City of Southlake has adopted two components of Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan: the Economic Development Master Plan and the Tourism Master Plan.

Now under consideration by the City Council are the Southlake 2035  Vision, Goals & Objectives and the State Highway 114 Corridor Plan. City staff recently presented more information about these elements at the May 9, 2017 SPIN (Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods) Town Hall forum.

Southlake 2035 Vision, Goals & Objectives

The Vision, Goals & Objectives define the values of the community and set the framework and the tone for each of the Southlake 2035 plan elements. They reflect changes in the community since the Southlake 2030 plan was adopted, and address new plan elements that are included in the scope of the Southlake 2035 Plan.

State Highway 114 Corridor Plan

The SH 114 plan establishes a future thinking, detailed land use plan for the corridor.  With features such as the Texas Turnaround, Carillon and TD Ameritrade amongst the approximately 1800 acres with the Southlake city limits, the plan will help guide discussions about growth and conservation.

The work of establishing the strategy is assigned to the 2035 Corridor Planning Committee.  The committee was appointed by the City Council and consists of elected and appointed officials who worked to create recommendations for land use on both a site-specific and citywide basis. These recommendations are adopted with the SH 114 Corridor Plan and responsibility is assigned to City departments for implementation. The plan and recommendations guide land use, zoning, and resource allocation decisions for the next five to seven years.

Next Steps?

City Council is currently scheduled to consider both Southlake 2035 plan elements at their June meetings:

June 6, 2017 – 1st Reading
June 20, 2017 – 2nd Reading (Public Hearing)

We’d like to hear you’re feedback. Send your questions and/or comments on the Southlake 2035 feedback form.