Downtown Redevelopment Planů. What is the next step?
On March 31, 2006 The Paso del Norte Group unveiled the proposed "Downtown Redevelopment Plan." The plan proposes to create two districts within a designated 302.5-acre area of Downtown: the Historic District and the Redevelopment District. The Historic District, encompasses a total of 175 acres and would focus on revitalizing historic buildings, create new parks, offices, residential living spaces and new places to shop. The Redevelopment District, encompasses a total of 127.5 acres and would create five development areas. The areas include lifestyle/urban retail, mixed-use residential, mercado retail, an arena/hotel/entertainment area and a bi-national arts walk.
City Council voted to accept the preliminary plan and directed the City Manager to begin the formal process to adopt a downtown redevelopment plan in order to amend the City's comprehensive plan.
What does the formal process include?
What is the next step?
- Create a communications plan to ensure community is well informed with the correct information
- The Paso del Norte Group representatives will continue to give presentations to the community, neighborhoods and civic organizations
- The Paso del Norte Group will create a website with up-to-date information
- All media outlets will be kept informed regularly to share information with the public
- City will share information with the community through the on-line community newsletter and printed ads
- Residents and business owners that may be affected by the plan will also receive information delivered right to their door step
- Begin the community process to obtain input on the plan from the residents and business owners in the development area and the community at large
- The Paso del Norte Group will bring in the planners from SMWM, who assisted in the initial development of the plan, and begin formal meetings and workshops with the residents and business owners in the Downtown area
- The meetings will begin in late May (residents and business owners will be advised of dates, times and locations, in advance)
- Planners will get input on stakeholders' perspectives of different aspects of the plan, as well as feedback on what makes a vibrant downtown, ideas on residential living and commercial development.
- Assist in the creation of seven task forces that will have specific goals and objectives for meeting the implementation of the different development areas.
- Task forces are already being created
- Duties that the task forces will tackle are creating proposed incentive packages for the Historic and Redevelopment districts, finalizing boundaries and other aspects of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), developing building and design standards to incorporate into the plan, engaging all key stakeholders in the commercial redevelopment opportunities, and finalizing a strategy for a mixed-income housing development. City staff will participat
Feedback from the community processes and task force recommendations will be incorporated into the current plan. The proposed "Downtown Redevelopment Plan" with these changes will be brought to the City Plan Commission (CPC) for review. The City Plan Commission recommendations will go to City Council. City Council may approve as is, approve with changes or just vote not to approve. If approved, the plan will be incorporated into the City's Master Plan and implementation of the plan will begin. All of these processes involve formal public hearings so there will be further opportunity for community input and influence. Based on the tremendous amount work associated with this phase of the planning process, it is anticipated that recommendations will be brought to the CPC around August 1st.
For more information please visit the website at www.elpasodowntownplan.com.
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