Final Plan Presentation 12/10

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your time and support during the past 18 months! The Dripping Springs Sustainable Places Project planning team presented suggested improvements to the Mercer Street area and surrounding land during the City Council meeting on December 10. The plan is the culmination of over a year of work with stakeholders, city staff, and several rounds of public participation. Highlights include a vision of new walkable residential and commercial uses, parkland, a network of roads and trails, and development ideas. Cost assessments, financing strategies, recommended code revisions, and implementation steps will be discussed. Public commentary on the draft plan will be taken during City Council meetings on November 12th and December 10th. For more information, contact City Administrator Michelle Fischer at (512)858-4725 or email her at mfischer@cityofdrippingsprings.com.

You may view the final plan by clicking the links below:

Draft plan:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wy3hamdyubjs10r/Dripping%20Springs%20Report%20...

Plan appendices:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gegstecfzk2g0wd/Dripping%20Springs%20Final%20R...

*PROJECT BACKGROUND

Dripping Springs is an autonomous emerging center on Austin's western exurban fringe, squarely in the path of growth. Recent growth is stimulating a vibrant local economy and holds great potential, yet change is visibly affecting the existing character of the place and challenges existing small-town infrastructure. The community of Dripping Springs both acknowledges and embraces growth but seeks to maintain a healthy balance, striving to shape its future in a way that preserves its heritage and benefits all residents, present and future.

The planning demonstration site area includes unique opportunities within the Northwest (NW) Town Quadrant, which contains Mercer Street, the Dripping Springs Historic District, and many remnant historic buildings of character associated with the history, culture and visual identity of the town. Major public events, such as the annual "Founders Day" happen here. Further, several city-owned properties (such as the Stephenson Building, built by the WPA) are located here and represent development assets for possible catalyst projects for revitalization of the town core.

Growth is challenging the existing small town infrastructure, and the city would like assistance to link the old town with a new sustainable pattern of development. Various existing codes (zoning, subdivision, site development, landscaping, parks, water quality, building, energy conservation, etc) need to be revised to synergistically help the city meet the sustainable vision of the Activity Center. In addition, greenfield sites will present unique planning opportunities for a green activity center in a unique natural environment.

The application by the city to become a planning demonstration site is available below.