By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- Water Conservation Update: In the workshop, the council will hear a presentation about local water conservation efforts, including a summary of significant achievements and ongoing programs.
- Funding Agreements: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider annual funding agreements with the Memorial for All Veterans of the Brazos Valley, Research Valley Partnership, Noon Lions Club, Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, Easterwood Airport, Experience B-CS, and Keep Brazos Beautiful.
- Eastgate Water/Wastewater Rehabilitation: Another consent agenda item is a $3.3 million contract for Phase IV of the rehabilitation of water and wastewater lines in the Eastgate area.
- Northpoint Crossing Change: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to amend the concept plan for about 11 acres in the Northpoint Crossing Subdivision. The change would reduce sidewalks along Northpoint Crossing Drive to allow for the redesign of parking and would modify the sign ordinance to improve site identification and wayfinding.
- Roadway Impact Fees: After a public hearing, the council will consider reducing the roadway impact fee rate to zero. The fees are imposed on new development to help offset the city’s cost of building new roadways. The existing rate is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1 and is expected to generate $12 million in the next decade.
The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD), or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.
Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.
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As new areas of College Station develop, existing areas age and commonly face shifting market pressures and opportunities. These changes can create new issues and needs that require attention. To help address these needs, the city’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the implementation of a series of small-area and master plans. These include plans for specific neighborhoods and districts as well as for specific infrastructure elements such as streets, sewer and water facilities and parks.
One of the oldest parts of College Station is the Eastgate area, a largely single-family neighborhood anchored by College Hills Elementary School and Thomas Park that includes aging commercial and multi-family properties along its perimeter. Some parts of the neighborhood were built well before the city incorporated more than 70 years ago. The Eastgate area was identified for a neighborhood plan to help address the dynamic market that results from its age and close proximity to Texas A&M and other community facilities.
The College Station City Council on Thursday unanimously approved the Eastgate Neighborhood Plan, which is the second neighborhood planning effort since the Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009. The Central College Station Neighborhood Plan was adopted in 2010.
Neighborhood plans require an intensive citizen engagement effort, and participation by property owners and residents is essential. The planning process for the Eastgate Neighborhood Plan began last September with a kickoff meeting with neighborhood residents. Since then, several neighborhood meetings were conducted to gather information, identify issues and recognize potential opportunities. The input the city received in these meetings helped shape the plan, which was presented at open houses to receive feedback from area residents.