UP City Council Approves Centennial Master Plan

After two years of town hall meetings, surveys, and focus groups, the University Park City Council approved its centennial master plan.

Like its predecessor, the 1989 master plan, the centennial master plan seeks to create a big-picture vision for city management and character.

“This is one of those documents that we are going to be using in the coming weeks and months and years as we prepare the budget, as we prepare the capital budget,” City Manager Robbie Corder said.

Resident focus group developed 127 action items and the project consultant for the master plan, Gap Strategies, after consultation with the master plan steering committee and city staff, crafted 75 action items into five themes including affirming a sense of place, which concerns preserving the look, character, safety, and sense of cohesion of the city, assuring connectivity, which concerns goals related to streets, parking, trails, utilities, and communication, innovative governance, which concerns goals intended to help the city government stay responsive and well-coordinated within the region and foster more ways that residents can help improve and direct their community, technological integration, which concerns goals intended to provide the city with vetted technological advancements that can improve city efficiency and quality of life, and preparing for the future, which concerns goals intended to prepare the city for coming changes, and build a culture of sustainability, resilience, and adaptability. 

To view the master plan in full, visit the city’s website.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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