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Activity so far included studies of every street, identifying problem areas, GrantWorks says
Nearly a year after receiving a grant through the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the city of Pearsall has begun the first stage of its comprehensive improvement plan.
A centerpiece of local planning efforts, the plan will articulate a series of goals, objectives, policies and standards that are intended to guide future decisions by elected officials and city administration.
GrantWorks senior planner Nathlie Booth told councilors during an August 3 meeting that the plan is a single document that takes into account all important aspects of the city and provides a snapshot of community needs.
It all begins with engaging the people the city serves, the planner said.
According to Booth, GrantWorks representatives have completed the initial assessment of the city by driving every street to determine the state of the town and identify problem areas.
A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 13, at City Hall, to hear concerns from citizens.
“The plan creates an achievable plan for the community’s growth,” Booth said. “It is a living document, so it will be flexible to accommodate change as time goes on. It is built on community input and current conditions of the city.”
Booth told councilors her team is aiming to begin work in late September.
“This will begin with field work,” Booth said. “We will collect community inventory and hold community meetings. There will also be an online survey.”
After the field survey it will take approximately three to five months to create the comprehensive plan. Upon its completion, the city has a minimum of 112 days to review and present it to the public for comment.
Councilors are then required to pass a resolution that will be presented to TDA who will release grant funding for projects.