Interested in learning more about the Land Use Sector Plans? Join the City of Southlake at a public open house on Tuesday, April 10 to share information and provide input on future development aspirations.
Information on the proposed recommendations of the Land Use Sector Plans and the Consolidated Future Land Use Plan, elements which will be included in the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan update, will be presented during the event.
The first element (SH114 Corridor Plan) was adopted by City Council in June 2017.
The second element (FM 1709-FM 1938 Corridor Plan) was adopted by City Council in December 2017.
Land Use Plan Open House
This plan includes all four sector plans – the North Sector Plan, Central Sector Plan, West Sector plan and Southeast Sector Plan and encompasses all of the land area in Southlake outside of the three major roadway corridors. The Land Use Sectors Plan addresses each of the four sectors separately, providing an overview of the existing land use, mobility and environmental resource considerations, discussing planning challenges and issues, and providing specific recommendations.
“Future land use recommendations are essential for the continued growth and development of Southlake”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Resident input is highly valued throughout the planning process as the City develops the Land Use Plans. The Open House provides an opportunity for our stakeholders to give us some great feedback”.
A draft version of the Land Use Sector Plan and the Consolidated Land Use Plan are available on the city’s website. There is also a feedback form that has been created for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about Land Use, please visit the 2035 Land Use webpage or call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.
The City of Southlake will host a public open house to present the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan. This is the second of six elements that will be included in the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan update.
The first element, the SH 114 Corridor Plan, was adopted by City Council in June of 2017.
This open house will be one of several public meetings designed to share information and accept public input on the City’s future development aspirations, which will eventually be adopted as the Southlake 2035 FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan.
Land Use Plan Open House
The plan covers approximately 850 acres that are adjacent to two of the three major roadway corridors in Southlake. The gray portion of the map below illustrates the planning area for the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor.
Significant development has already occurred on the FM 1709 – FM 1938 corridors. “There are still a number of future planning issues that need to be discussed”, said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “This includes new development, redevelopment, traffic, urban design and pedestrian mobility. It’s important to involve residents and property stakeholders in the planning process as the City develops the Land Use Plans. The Open House provides an opportunity for our stakeholders to give us some great feedback.”
A draft version of the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form that has been created so that residents may submit questions or comments directly to Planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about land use, visit the 2035 Land Use webpage, or call the Planning and Development Services department at (817) 748-8621.
“Why are they building a restaurant there?” “How do City leaders make their decisions?” Those are just some of the land use questions the City Council and City leaders hear from Southlake citizens, especially when a new development is proposed.
Answering those big picture questions is the focus of an open house updating City’s Land Use Plan, specifically the State Highway 114 Sector Plan.
This open house will be the first of several public meetings designed to share information and accept public input on the City’s future development aspirations, which will eventually be adopted as the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan.
Land Use Plan Open House
“The Land Use Plan (LUP) is the cornerstone of the City’s comprehensive master plan,” said Ken Baker, Senior Director of Planning and Development Services. “It will serve as a policy guide for Council as our elected officials make zoning decisions, and it also provides the basis for the preparation of other City master plans.”
The American Planning Association states that the goal of land-use planning is to “further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations.” In Southlake, the LUP is a policy document with an accompanying map, clearly identifying desired land use for parcels within the City.
City leaders have used land use plans as a blueprint for City development since the 1960s. Updates have been made over the years, as required by the City Charter, to reflect changing conditions.
“The original LUP reflected a planned build-out population of more than 50,000 residents, had a strong industrial component, and contemplated significant commercial development,” explains Baker. “Things have changed over the years, and today the LUP defines the City’s ultimate development quite differently. For example, Southlake’s expected build out population is now estimated at 34,000. It’s important to regularly review it, and the public’s participation is essential for getting it right.”
The following chart shows the current mix of uses, as reflected in the Southlake 2030 Land Use Plan.
For more information about the Open House, the process for adopting the comprehensive Southlake 2035 Plan (including the LUP), or to submit questions or comments, please visit the City’s website, or call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.