The Stakeholder Taskforce for the
Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan met for the first time on Monday,
March 2. We had a good and constructive first discussion about scope of the
project, the role of the Taskforce and a few initial goals of the
NTCOG has created a project website for you to
reference meeting agendas, minutes, PowerPoints, links and other pertinent
information that transpired at each meeting. I encourage you to use this
website as your reference for the project.
The project website will also have
directions on how to donate to help fund the
study. The cost to provide professional consulting to the Taskforce is estimated
to be at least $350,000, which is not covered by the City Budget. Fortunately,
the NTCOG is prepared to contribute $250,000 towards the study and the Taskforce
has set a goal to raise $100,000 from the community.
The Taskforce hopes to raise $50,000 from
neighborhood stakeholders and $50,000 from commercial stakeholders. The
Taskforce wants to ensure that funding not only provides for a solid study, but
also allows the consultant to add additional visualizations of transportation
and land development scenarios. All stakeholders in the Preston Center area will
benefit from a comprehensive vision for the area and we hope for broad-based
financial support to allow this to happen.
In order to inform as many area residents
about this study as possible, my office will be sending out a mailer by the end
of March to residences within the seven zones. We encourage residents to reach
out to their Zone Representative for updates and information about the project
that is sent in addition to updates from my office.
The next Stakeholder Taskforce meeting
has been scheduled for Monday, April 27th at 6 PM at St.
Michael's Episcopal Church (8011 Douglas Ave) in the Coke Activities Room. At
the end of each Taskforce meeting, there will be 10-15 minutes of open mic time
for the public to speak on items relating to the Area Plan Study. Each speaker
will likely receive 2 minutes to speak. If you would like to speak, please
pre-register with my office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will
take other speakers as time permits.
If you follow the link to the project
website (www.nctcog.org/planningstudies), you will find:
2, 2015 Meeting Summary
- PowerPoint Presentations
- Schedule of Future Taskforce
of Work Elements
- Stakeholder Taskforce Bios
- Directions to Donate
- Previous Land Use Studies to use as a
Please continue to reach out to my office
if you have any questions about the Area Plan.
Jennifer Staubach Gates
Councilmember - District 13