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2021 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE 

The Comprehensive Plan update stems from the 10-Year evaluation of the plan that occurred during 2019 and 2020. We spent that time evaluating the plan, considering growth and development trends, and engaging with over 800 citizens and stakeholders from across the community.
 
The updated plan includes many important changes, such as:
  • An updated, citizen-led VISION for College Station
  • Revised GOALS that better reflect citizens’ aspirations
  • Specific ACTIONS to achieve each goal
  • Changes to future land uses, thoroughfares, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities and their associated maps
  • A new Collaborative Partnerships chapter that emphasizes the city’s continued coordination with local and regional partners
  • A more user-friendly and streamlined plan document
The Comprehensive Plan was adopted by College Station City Council on Oct. 14, 2021.   

View the Comprehensive Plan




WAYS TO GET INVOLVED 

MAP BOOKS
Future Land Use & Character Map Book
Thoroughfare Map Book
Bicycle Map Book
Pedestrian Map Book

For questions on the proposed maps, please call 979.764.3570 and ask for:

• Future land use and general project questions – Alyssa Halle-Schramm, aschramm@cstx.gov
• Thoroughfare questions – Jason Schubert, jschubert@cstx.gov
• Bicycle & pedestrian questions – Venessa Garza, vgarza@cstx.gov

FOLLOW ALONG DURING THE APPROVAL PROCESS
The final opportunities to provide public comments will be at upcoming meetings of various boards and City Council. The boards will vote on recommending the updated plan (potentially with changes) to the City Council. The council has the final authority on plan approval and may vote to adopt the updated Comprehensive Plan.

Upcoming board and council meetings:
• Sept. 13 – 3 p.m., Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenways Board (for recommendation)
• Sept. 14 – 6 p.m., Parks & Recreation Board (for recommendation)
• Sept. 16 – 6 p.m., Planning & Zoning Commission (for recommendation)
• Oct. 14 – 5 p.m., City Council for potential adoption

The meeting agendas will be available on the City Calendar closer to the meeting dates. To sign up to speak at the meetings, please see the Planning & Zoning Commission speaker protocol and the City Council speaker protocol instructions.

Below, you will find all reference materials, including more about the Next 10 process, the 10-year Evaluation & Appraisal Report, public input, and resources collected throughout this project. Thank you for your continued feedback as we work hard to create a Comprehensive Plan reflective of the will of the people!
    WHAT IS THE NEXT 10?
    photo of a workshopThe Next 10 is a major effort to consider recent growth, trends, and best practices, as well as define updates to the city’s policies to guide the next 10 years. The city is committed to addressing the issues of today, preparing for those that may arise, and proactively addressing topics that are important to you.

    College Station’s current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009. It is meant to be a “living document” and recommends that the City undertake regular evaluations and updates, including a thorough review every five years.

    The 10-year, or half-way point, of this Comprehensive Plan occurred in 2019. City staff launched the 10-year evaluation process and branded it The Next 10. It was more rigorous in scope than the previous five-year evaluation and involved multiple rounds of community input engaging over 800 citizens during a 16-month period from July 2019 to October 2020. The evaluation provided a review of the basic conditions and assumptions related to the city’s growth, implementation progress related to the plan’s goals, strategies, and action items, and prepared the city for the major 10-year update to the plan by defining recommended modifications to the plan goals, policies, action items, and structure. These recommended updates are included within the 10-Year Evaluation & Appraisal Report. We have been working to make the recommended updates and the proposed Comprehensive Plan that you are seeing today is the outcome of those efforts.

    EVALUATION & APPRAISAL REPORT
    The 10-year Comprehensive Plan Evaluation & Appraisal Report was accepted by City Council at their October 8, 2020 meeting. The report was the culmination of 16-months of review and analysis by city staff and the Comprehensive Plan Evaluation Committee, along with multiple rounds of community and stakeholder input. The report features a list of potential strategies and actions, contains a set of considerations for future map changes, and summarizes the community and stakeholder input. The report served to prepare the city for the 10-year plan update.

     10-Year Comprehensive Plan Evaluation & Appraisal Report
     Appendix A – 2018 Existing Conditions Report
    Appendix B – Focus on the Future Workshops Summary (2019)
     Appendix C – Implementation Assessment Tool
     Appendix D – Best Practices Report
     Appendix E – Scenario Analysis
     Appendix F – Virtual Community Choices Workshop Summary (Summer 2020)


    PREVIOUS PUBLIC INPUT PHASES
    photo of a workshop participantThank you to the hundreds of citizens, civic organizations, student groups, outside agencies, regional partners and community leaders who participated in The Next 10 evaluation process and public input opportunities!

    Two rounds of stakeholder and community input were conducted as part of The Next 10 evaluation. The first round, during the summer of 2019, began with a series of individual and small group interviews that engaged over 130 stakeholders including leaders from city departments, representatives of Brazos County, the City of Bryan, Texas A&M University, student government, economic development, business groups, neighborhood groups, realtors, builders, developers, and others. Next, the city conducted four community workshops with over 200 citizen participants who worked in small groups with trained facilitators to provide feedback on the existing Comprehensive Plan goals, issues and opportunities, and geographic locations for future planning efforts. Following these workshops, similar activities were offered online with another 200 participants, as well as a workshop convened in partnership with Texas A&M University’s student government association that engaged nearly 100 university students. In total, approximately 600 people participated in the first round of input.

    The second round of public input, conducted in summer 2020, obtained feedback on potential updates to future land uses and conceptual scenarios for six geographic areas of the city. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this round was conducted entirely online. A web page containing a series of maps, prompts, and videos explaining the material and expectations were used to collect data. The scenarios and their performance measures, along with the public feedback gathered were used to inform potential updates to the Comprehensive Plan and identify areas for future small area planning efforts. Approximately 200 people participated, providing over 1,900 data points.

    • Focus on the Future Workshop Summary (Fall 2019) 
    • Focus on the Future Workshop Presentation
    • Focus on the Future Pictures
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    Virtual Community Choices Workshop Summary (Summer 2020) 

    WHO'S INVOLVED?
    Comprehensive Plan Evaluation Committee. The Comprehensive Plan Evaluation Committee was a diverse group of residents appointed to serve as community advocates for through the Evaluation & Appraisal process, to provide guidance and direction regarding the process and substance, and to serve as stewards of the evaluation plan once completed.

    Stakeholders. Various stakeholder groups were convened to provide insight into the city's Comprehensive Plan. These groups included business leaders, neighborhood associations, real estate professionals and developers, education professionals, local nonprofit and service organization, seniors, students, and young professionals, among others.

    Public. Widespread community participation has been vital to The Next 10’s success. Various in-person workshops and online tools offered ways for the community to give input throughout the process. The first public events were held in-person September 23-25, 2019. A virtual Community Choice Workshop was held July 13-August 3, 2020. Public review of the updated Comprehensive Plan is occurring from August 2-September 3, 2021.

    City Staff. City staff supported and helped coordinate the work of all other groups and their local knowledge and expertise. City staff have been working to make updates to the Comprehensive Plan narrative and maps that were recommended in the 10-Year Evaluation & Appraisal Report.

    Elected officials. The mayor and City Council have monitored The Next 10 process and the resulting community vision, goals, and proposed plan recognizing that success should be independent of the city’s elected leadership.

    Consultants. Planning NEXT facilitated the Evaluation & Appraisal process and shared their experience from working with other successful communities.

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Contact Information

Alyssa Halle-Schramm, AICP, LEED GA979.764.3826

Contact Information

Jason Schubert, AICP979.764.6221
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