Sunday, September 22, 2019

What’s In the Annual Development Quarterly Report?

Every year the City of Southlake’s Planning and Development Services Department develops an Annual Development Report to present along with the City’s budget. The supporting documentation in the report covers the breakdown of how different types of revenue support the city’s functions. So what does it all mean? Let’s take a look.

The Fiscal Year 2019 reporting period is from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.  However, before the initial report is finalized, the Planning and Development Services Department publishes an update to the Annual Report at the end of each quarter to give a snapshot of city updates on development-related activities and the fees collected from those projects.

The data that goes into the report is gathered and put together throughout the year by multiple departments and divisions within the City. When the full report is published, it will mirror information highlighted with the City’s Fiscal Year 2019 Adopted Budget.

The reports consist of six main sections: Southlake At-A-Glance, Economic Overview, Understanding Development, Development Highlights, Valuation and Revenue.

When finalized, each section comes complete with graphs, charts and descriptions to provide supporting documentation for the data within the report.

Below is an overview of what each section includes:

Southlake At-A-Glance – In this section, residents and visitors can get a glimpse of Southlake’s public profile by reviewing the demographics for the population, graduation rate, sales tax rate and information about Carroll Independent School District (CISD).

Economic Overview – This section displays data pertaining to the real estate market, labor pool age, office and retail space overview, and other information that helps determine the state of the economy.

Understanding Development – This section shows a step-by-step overview of our development process and how to conduct development business in Southlake. It also displays an overview of our 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which includes master plan elements that provide a vision for Southlake’s future.

Development Highlights – This section includes the numbers of permits issued and the value of those permits from residential and commercial to sign and pool permits.

Valuation and Revenue – This section displays the amount of permit fees for each quarter.

These quarterly updates help city staff track land development and economic development-related numbers so that they can be included in the annual report. The FY 2019 Annual Development Report will be available on our website in January 2020.

To view the quarterly report, please visit our website.

City Council to consider amendments to Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Southlake City Council will consider updates to the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance at their next two meetings.

What does this mean?

Zoning Ordinance No. 480

The proposed amendments will better reflect staff’s current interpretation and application of the existing ordinances. The amendment proposes the following:

  • Set minimum standards for when sidewalks are required with a new development or expansion, as well as granting City Council variance authority;
  • Clarification of what kind of structures count towards lot coverages as well as the maximum permitted accessory building area within residential districts;
  • Approval for portable buildings will now be considered by City Council as a Specific Use Permit (SUP) rather than through Special Exception Use (SEU) from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA);
  • Adding items such as outdoor fire pits/fire places/kitchens to the list of residential accessories and Correct miscellaneous section references and numbering

Subdivision Ordinance No. 483

The proposed amendment includes:

  • Addressing a Tier 1 Southlake 2030 Mobility Master Plan recommendation, proposing elimination of sidewalk exemptions and to change the minimum sidewalk width requirement for certain developments from four feet to five feet.

At their September 7, 2017 meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of both ordinance amendments.

Click here to view the video of these items (Items 6 and 7 on the agenda) as presented at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on September 7, 2017. As with all proposals, the amendments are subject to change pending City Council approval.
You can stay up-to-date with this process by visiting the Video On Demand page on the City website. Please contact the Planning and Development Services department with any questions at (817) 748-8621.

City Plans Open House For Land Use Plan Update

“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

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Third Floor Conference Rooms, Town Hall
    1400 Main Street
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Open House
    6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Plan Presentation with Q&A

“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.

2017-4-7 land use

Consolidated Land Use Plan Percentage Area By Land Use Category

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.

National Community Planning Month Proclamation

Mayor Laura Hill recognized October as Community Planning Month at the October 18th, 2016 City Council meeting.

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 2016 as Community Planning Month in the City of Southlake in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month.

Watch the Planning and Development department get recognized, as well as the rest of the City Council meeting, here.