Open house seeks resident input on Lakeway's near-complete 20-year comprehensive plan

Zoning and Planning Commission Member Carolyn Nichols helped answer questions during the Feb. 5 open house event. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Zoning and Planning Commission Member Carolyn Nichols helped answer questions during the Feb. 5 open house event. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Zoning and Planning Commission Member Carolyn Nichols helped answer questions during the Feb. 5 open house event. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

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There were 10 stations at the Feb. 5 open house at Lakeway City Hall.
Lakeway officials have been working overtime to get final suggestions and tweaks on a document that is now more than a year in the making.

One of the last input-seeking events regarding the city's 20-year Comprehensive Plan took place Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Lakeway City Hall. It was an open house seeking resident input on the document that is now about 85% complete. That morning, the Lakeway Planning and Zoning Commission engaged in a roughly hour-long discussion on the document so far, and two days prior, Lakeway City Council discussed final tweaks on the plan during a special Feb. 3 work session.

In the run up to the push for approval of the final document, officials, staff and residents have touched on a litany of topics within the near-complete plan.

During the Feb. 3 City Council meeting, officials discussed optimal parking for businesses, the inclusion of language regarding a wildlife-management program, water quality regulations, event programming and attendance, parks and economic development.

Likewise during the Feb. 5 morning zoning and planning meeting, commission members focused largely on the future land use map, or FLUM, and how to keep Lakeway's personality in tact as the city evolves.

"That was a major issue—to keep the character of the city," Zoning and Planning Commission Member Carolyn Nichols said. "That said, the biggest land use event in the next 10 years is [going to be] the widening of RM 620."

During the open house event, Lakeway residents were able to use one of their last opportunities to provide input on the plan.

Throughout City Hall chambers were 10 stations illuminating the 10 goals of the Lakeway Comprehensive Plan.

Topics encapsulated by the 10 stations at the open house each represented a chapter of the plan, and included community identity, environment, land use, transportation and parks.

Members of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, including Nichols, who is also a member of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, were on hand to field any questions and provide general information.

"We wouldn't have a plan if it wasn't for the residents' feedback," Nichols said during the open house. "We've been very attentive to that."

Information from the city states all comments must be received by Feb. 7 in order to incorporate them into the final draft scheduled for presentation during the zoning and planning and City Council meetings in March, a city document states and adds the complete draft will be submitted to zoning and planning March 4 and to City Council on March 16.

To read more the entire comprehensive plan in its current state, click here and then click the link entitled "Comprehensive Plan Draft: Created January 2020*".
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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