Relief route, tourism are vision forum top topics
The relief route, the wine industry and tourism growth were major topics at the Community Visioning Meeting on Monday.
Two public sessions were held at the Hill Country University Center (HCUC) and, the informal discussion provided ample opportunity for voices to be heard.
“It was really quite nice, there were a lot of good topics brought up,” said John Weisinger, organizer for the visioning process. “We had 90 different topics brought up in the afternoon and 70 that evening.”
About 80 people attended the two sessions.
Rose Marie Mazanke, another organizer, helped facilitate the meeting alongside Weisinger and Fredericksburg City Manager Kent Myers. The facilitators wrote down what the citizens wanted.
Many topics had to do with maintaining the quality of life, including bringing back German-influenced events, focusing on limiting the number of bed and breakfasts and possibly turning the decommissioned railroads into hiking and biking trails.
“The discussion was a lot around: what wall do we want to put our ladder on,” Weisinger said. “A big area of focus was offering healthier activities for the community.”
Two more sessions will be offered, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 27 at the HCUC. After that session, topics will be broken down into further areas of interest, such as tourism, retail and wineries.
“These brainstorming sessions will be broken down into different areas that will create a cohesive message as to what the community is looking for,” Mazanke said. “This will be handed over to the Fredericksburg City Council and Gillespie County Commissioners.”
A further step, Mazanke said, is wanting to bring in more demographics.
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