This Thursday, February 18, the City of Bandera and SimpleCity will host a meeting starting at 5 p.m. at 11th Street Cowboy Bar, located at 307 11th Street in Bandera, to discuss plans for the future of Bandera. Community input is being requested.
“We will share stories of who filled the buildings and how the town has changed over time,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Gibson in a press release. “We will begin to have a community conversation about Bandera’s future.”
The night’s event will begin with a presentation by Matt Lewis, CEO of SimpleCity, an urban planning and design firm.
According to Gibson, Lewis will present the City of Bandera DNA Analysis, an in depth study of the city’s historic anatomy and how it functions.
Lewis’ presentation will be followed by a community conversation and end with information regarding upcoming rodeo events.
“After the presentation, we want to hear stories, concerns, wishes, and needs for Bandera now and into the future,” said Lewis. “The conversation exchange should hopefully get to the core details of maintaining and building a prosperous future for the current and future Bandera.”
Gibson and Lewis said a city plan for Bandera is already in place, but it is incomplete and outdated.
“The city currently has a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, adopted in 2014 and Chapter 14 Zoning Ordinance Code, adopted in 2008,” said Lewis. “Many of the zoning and subdivision regulations on the books today, would make it illegal to build the Bandera you currently have and may limit or deter the development the community may like to see.”
Gibson added many of the city’s existing codes don’t align with the built environment or with maintaining and preserving Bandera’s uniqueness.
“It does not address our current infrastructure needs or reflect a relevant capital improvement plan,” she said. “Current and future City Councils, EDC and P&Z boards require a plan that is co-created with the citizens, a living and working document to guide the decision making process.”
Lewis said community input is essential to the project’s success.
“The project will be led by community conversations that will ensure an authentically Bandera master vision and code is created with the community,” said Lewis. “It will build upon the strengths and key characteristics the City currently possesses.’
The meeting will take place outside due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
As of the Bulletin’s press deadline, it is unclear if the meeting will be shared online or recorded.