Land use policy discussion survey with updated policies on Polco now! Participate in the policy discussion.
April 2019: Round Rock 2030’s online public engagement tool is now live.
Visit polco.us/roundrock to give your input today!
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
The City of Round Rock is currently working on its new Comprehensive Plan, Round Rock 2030. Previously known as a “General Plan,” this long-range document will serve as the policy guide and framework for land use decisions for the next decade. The plan will highlight how the City has changed over the past decade and create a vision for what Round Rock might look like in the year 2030. This planning process is expected to take approximately 1.5 years, with adoption in spring 2020. Learn more: Comprehensive Plan 101.
In order for Round Rock to be successful, it should reflect the needs and wants of our residents and businesses. By participating in Round Rock 2030, you’ll have the chance to influence policy that guides Round Rock’s decisions regarding public facilities, commercial development, housing and more.
Polco online polling
The City is currently conducting its third round of public input for Round Rock 2030 through mid-June using Polco, an online public engagement tool. The questions are based on input received at the in-person quadrant meetings in February and March. Respondents are encouraged to read the descriptions for each online question to learn more about the topic prior to responding. Respondents are also encouraged to leave comments on each question after answering to provide staff more feedback. Participate now at polco.us/roundrock.
In mid-May the City added the second round of policy discussion. This policy discussion exercise is an important step in creating land use policies for Round Rock 2030, the City’s comprehensive plan. At the quadrant meetings in February and March, attendees were given a list of 10 policies for the next decade that they could edit, comment on, and prioritize. They were also given the opportunity to create their own new policies. City staff incorporated concepts from the current adopted comprehensive plan and current trends in planning practice to draft the policies. The results of the first round of input on the policy discussion exercise can be found here: Policy discussion responses (pdf).
After the quadrant meetings, planning staff reworked the draft policies to reflect the 745 public comments received. This online policy exercise allows participants to tell City staff whether or not they support the draft policies, and to suggest changes to the wording of the policies. Once these comments are received, planning staff will adjust the policies again in June to reflect the online input. These land use policies will be presented to City Council prior to incorporation into the Round Rock 2030 draft plan.
Polco uses a variety of publicly available data to verify residency and voter status of respondents. Polco never shares individual level data or responses (other than anonymous comments) with the city or anyone else. Both of these are important; the verification helps city staff have more confidence in the data, and the strict privacy helps foster an environment of safe participation online.
Over the course of February and March 2019, four public meetings were held in which people from each quadrant of the city were able to share their visions for what Round Rock will be like in 2030. The reports below contain feedback received through activities conducted at each meeting.
Exercise Board Activity
An exercise board activity was conducted at the quadrant meetings. Attendees were given four prompts (Today, Round Rock is…; Tomorrow, Round Rock will be…; What do you like about your quadrant?; and What would make your quadrant better? Describe your idea and its benefits). They were instructed to record their responses to each prompt on a sticker and place it on the corresponding board. They were also given small dots to place on other responses they agreed with.
Exercise board responses (pdf)
At the quadrant meetings, attendees were given a list of 10 draft policies for the next decade that they could edit, comment on, and prioritize. They were also given the opportunity to create their own. These serve as a starting point for land use policies the city of Round Rock is developing for the comprehensive plan. There will be more opportunities for public input before the plan is drafted.
Missed the quadrant meetings?
Each of the activities conducted at the quadrant meetings are included in the links below:
The City of Round Rock is working hard to gather as much public input as possible in order to create a Comprehensive Plan that best serves the communities and businesses within the city. The timeline below shows the current progress and overall trajectory of the Round Rock 2030 process.
Questions or comments? Contact the Round Rock 2030 team at email@example.com.