Visioning sessions eye a hopeful future

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Initiatives big and small brainstormed at events; work will continue

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

 

That proverb is worth remembering as we express gratitude for four visioning meetings held over the past two weeks by the city.

“A Path to the Future,” consisting of four brainstorming sessions, were held Monday and on Feb. 13 to consider any and all ideas for the city and county, as we face potentially unprecedented growth rates in our Hill Country hamlet.

The first meetings drew roughly 100 people who produced 160 ideas. Monday’s meetings had even more people and produced plenty of workable ideas. They ranged the gamut, from having an affordable recreation center for youth to tunneling under Main Street, from adding playgrounds in the northern part of town to limiting the number of bed and breakfasts.

Personally, we’d love to see more literary events at our local library. But that would fall under the “nicety” category. Several larger, more important themes emerged from these meetings, such as affordable housing, a relief route for noisy trucks and maintaining a focus on local heritage even as we grow and change.

Maintaining the quality of life was paramount to most in attendance. There is huge value in having a clean city, steering big traffic around town and keeping a slate of family friendly events.

As wine has been responsible for much growth, some wondered about a saturation point and the industry’s effect on water use in this drought-prone area. 

Organizers would like more input from young parents and the Hispanic community, in hopes of being inclusive that all voices are heard in these sessions. More sessions may be held specifically to solicit ideas from these demographics.

It is important to break from our busy lives and consider the future, whether it concerns our community, our business or our family.

From these sessions, work groups will be formed to help make recommendations to the city and county for policy initiatives.

 

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