Steering committee reviews comp plan – home gas jokes

Consultant Mark Bowers of Kimley-Horn said they would be seeing Thoroughfare, Land Use and “Strategic Catalyst Areas” plans as maps with illustrations; and those maps with various boundaries and proposed roads and other features marked were updated results after public open houses in April.

Chairman Bob Waller and members of the Steering Committee were seated at tables nearest the podium and projection screen, and equipped with voting systems that showed results on the screen as Bowers asked in each section for their individual votes.

On Creekwood / Twin Springs connectivity, community input was that current alignment impacts existing residential property, and there are topography issues. He recommended removing the proposed alignment from the plan and using existing access for residents and fire/safety access. They could further evaluate both east and west sides of the park in the future.

Bowers then moved to the Land Use Plan map, reminding committee members, and the additional audience of about 40 people, of the 11 numbered areas starting with number 1 for downtown, and the major roads through each one and their proximity to the Guadalupe River, depending on their locations.

Area 1 is around the intersection of State Highways 27 and 16, the approximate center of Kerrville, with many historic buildings in the vicinity and located adjacent to the river and Louise Hays Park. “Distinctions” were listed as river orientation for adjacent businesses, strong focus on redevelopment and drawing added consumer presence.

He recommended strong commercial presence and redevelopment along Thompson and 27 South; but “agriculture and outdoor tourism” along the river corridor. “Aging retail (the mall) has the potential for entertainment and mixed use redevelopment,” he noted on the slide.

Residences would be most appropriate along the hillier south and southwest sides, and he noted “estate residential, preservation, neighborhood and transitional” plus professional services near PRMC, and entertainment and mixed use at and near the mall and river.

Area 3 is at Nimitz Lake bounded by the SH 27 corridor on the north and the hills south of Thompson Drive on the south. Bowers stressed river orientation for adjacent businesses and structures near the lake; and rural plus preservation and estate residential south of Thompson as topography allows.

Bowers listed community commercial (local), regional commercial (chain stores), heavy commercial and light industrial, but divided them by proximity to that intersection; and recommended the heavy commercial and light industrial be concentrated at SH27/Mill Road on the far west.

Area 5 is western Holdsworth Drive at the Harper/I-10 intersection, and Kerrville Sports Complex. Bowers said multiple kinds of residential plus community and regional commercial and entertainment mixed use would be appropriate, including a hotel near the Sports Complex.

Area 6 is the I-10/SH16 intersection, the entryway corridor to Kerrville from the north/northeast. Bowers noted “significant topography on all sides.” Allowable place types listed were ag and outdoor tourism, rural living, three kinds of residential, and regional commercial.

Bowers listed allowable place types as ag and outdoor tourism; rural living; estate residential and professional services. He recommended services nearer the highway; residential and rural living on the south side of the highway; and ag and outdoor tourism along the river.