- Fall 2019: Staff is developing the plan draft.
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.
The Historic Preservation Commission recommended a new Historic Preservation Plan on November 19, 2019. Going forward, the recommended plan will be incorporated into the Round Rock 2030.
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.
In order for Round Rock 2030 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.
Phase One – Community Survey
The public input process for Round Rock 2030 started in 2018. Every two years, the City conducts a city-wide statistically valid survey to gauge how residents feel about services provided in the City. For the 2018 survey, Planning and Development Services asked 5 questions regarding land use in Round Rock. The responses to these questions formed a base-level from which further public input material was developed.
Phase Two – Quadrant Meetings
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.
Quadrant Meeting Materials
Each of the activities conducted at the quadrant meetings are included in the links below:
The City conducted its third phase of public input for Round Rock 2030 from mid-April through mid-June using Polco, an online public engagement tool. 21 standalone questions and 2 surveys were developed based on input received at the in-person quadrant meetings the City hosted in February and March.
Polco is an online engagement tool that helps local leaders collect civil, insightful ideas and feedback from the community in real time. It is an easy way for residents to learn about and participate in key initiatives and decisions. 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.
Online Engagement Reports
Respondents were encouraged to read the descriptions for each online question to learn more about the topic prior to responding. Respondents were also encouraged to leave comments on each question after answering to provide staff more feedback.
The historic preservation survey was posted for the month of May (National Preservation Month) as part of the outreach for the Preservation Plan being developed to ultimately be included in the comprehensive plan.
In mid-May the City added a Policy Discussion survey to the City’s Polco page. This policy discussion is an important step in creating land use policies for Round Rock 2030. Policies are meant to be general statements that guide the comprehensive plan. City staff incorporated concepts from the currently adopted comprehensive plan and current trends in planning practice to draft the policies.
The first policy discussion activity took place during a series of public meetings in February and March. Attendees were given a list of 10 draft policies for land use decisions throughout the next decade that they could edit, comment on, and prioritize. They were also given the opportunity to create their own new policies. After the quadrant meetings, planning staff reworked the draft policies to reflect the 745 public comments received.
The 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. With the Polco feedback, planning staff will adjust the policies again to reflect the online input.
Specific information and implementation strategies related to each policy statement will be incorporated into Round Rock 2030 as it is developed. Input received for all of the online engagement questions and surveys will be incorporated into the content of Round Rock 2030.
The City conducted its fourth phase of public input for Round Rock 2030 from late June to Late August. One component of this plan is a future land use map which establishes the general distribution, location, and extent of land uses, including open space, residential, commercial, etc. Every 10 years, the City takes a closer look at the entire map and adopts a new future land use map as part of its comprehensive plan. Stakeholders owning a parcel or parcels of land over 5 acres in the City limits or Extraterritorial Jurisdiction boundaries of the City were able to give input on how they saw their land being developed or redeveloped in the future.
The map is a living document with the flexibility to be amended to reflect changing development trends and land use proposals through 2030.
Future Land Use Mapping (FLUM) Process
The Future Land Use process initially engages stakeholders rather than the general public to ensure that landowners that may plan to develop their land are represented.
- Planning staff reviews and adjusts location criteria.
Most of the land use designations in the plan have unique location criteria. These criteria are applied to guide zoning decisions and minimize land use conflicts.
- Staff identified 402 parcels of land that were 5+ acres in size.
- Staff conducted a preliminary review of the existing future land use map from the previous comprehensive plan and identified potential revisions.
- Individual future land use mapping meetings conducted to gather input from land-owning stakeholders that own over 100 acres of land.
- FLUM Open house held on July 22, 2019.
Previously identified stakeholders and their representatives were invited to review and discuss proposed map with planning, transportation and parks staff.
- City staff editing the FLUM based on input received.
Questions or comments? Contact the Round Rock 2030 team at firstname.lastname@example.org.