Comprehensive plan may get a restart, council says

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials will head back to the drawing board after proposed updates to the city’s 2006 comprehensive plan met resistance from residents, including Mayor Linda Langerhans.

“I personally don’t like a single thing about this,” Langerhans said at Monday’s special council meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission. “It has nothing to do with providing parks for the kids and the people who live in this town, for the elderly and the youth.”

Design Workshop, an Austin-based consultant who developed the proposal, focused on updates to the city’s sidewalk and trails plan, gateways and design standards for entry corridors to town.

“At first glance, I like the plan. This is brand new to us. I like that we’re planning for the future,” Councilman Bobby Watson said. “I think we need to be sensitive to cost and sensitive to private property ownership.”

The consultant took input from citizens at a May 28 visioning workshop and subsequent comments online at fredericksburg.mindmixer.com to develop their 119-page proposal.

Citizens can view a copy of the proposal online at www.fbgtx.org or at City Hall.

“I don’t think there has been but a miniscule number of people in this community who have had any input into this,” Langerhans said. “I was not on the council when the decision was made to extrapolate this portion of our comprehensive master plan and take a look at it, nor was I involved in any of the meetings that were going on.”

Public comments on the project should be made to Brian Jordan, city director of development services at City Hall, at 997-7521 or via email at bjordan@fbgtx.org.

The proposal will also be discussed at the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Aug. 6 as well as the city council’s Aug. 18 meeting.

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