Monday, May 29, 2023

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.