Last week, College Station, Texas kicked off public engagement for a unique planning effort. The process, known as The Next 10, will evaluate the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which was created 10 years ago (2009) in light of current conditions, trends and community needs, and identify potential updates to the to guide the next decade. Over 200 College Station residents attended the four ‘Focus on the Future’ workshops. Participants learned about conditions and trends in the city, rated and discussed the plan’s desired outcomes, and identified opportunity locations on a map.
Fueled by expansion of enrollment at Texas A&M University, College Station has experienced rapid growth, adding approximately 25,000 people since 2010. How the city manages that growth, provides adequate and timely infrastructure and maintains fiscal health are fundamental challenges. At the same time, quality of life factors such as neighborhood integrity, housing choices, and “things to do” are top of mind for many residents.
In addition to the workshops, the team has met with dozens of stakeholder groups during the first round of engagement. Based on the input collected so far, the team’s next step is to prepare a series of scenarios for future land use and transportation. These scenarios will be unveiled for comment at a workshop next spring.
For more information about The Next 10, visit the City’s web pages for the project here.