Residents can offer input on future of Marble Falls at open house Aug. 13

Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion

Marble Falls city leaders are hosting a comprehensive plan open house at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls. File photo

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

MARBLE FALLS — City officials will unveil data and information compiled for a proposed comprehensive plan Aug. 13 and offer citizens another opportunity for input during an open house with city leaders and consultants.

Officials last updated the Marble Falls Comprehensive Plan in 2009. The blueprint, or guide, for the city outlines future projects, actions and goals with five- , 10- and 20-year outlook elements in about 12 chapters.

“We will share information we’ve received in some of the survey information the consultant has been collecting for us but also to share some basic ideas that have been floated out their through different stakeholder meetings,” Marble Falls City Manager Mike Hodge said of the open house.

Officials will also seek more input from attendees.

“What I hope is a common vision that comes from the community,” Hodge said. “A lot of the things we’ve been talking about so far have been better variety in our housing stock, better workforce development, different types of businesses coming to the community and what we can do to coordinate our economic development efforts.”

Topics will include fire, public safety, water and planning and zoning issues.

The public forum is 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive.

The format involves a series of stations and exhibits with topics in which the public can browse, ask questions and offer insight.

“We’ll probably have another public meeting towards the end of the process, which will be the first or second quarter of 2016,” Hodge said.

The new comprehensive plan is expected to be adopted in April or May 2016.

connie@thepicayune.com

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