The City of Georgetown commissioned a plan for the San Jose neighborhood, focusing on building consensus through extensive community engagement around infrastructure improvements and compatible development. The City also wanted the plan to highlight the unique history and culture of the neighborhood and provide strategies that support existing residents to remain in their homes. The final plan includes a community-created vision and goals and recommendations to achieve the vision and goals.
The project was organized into four (4) major phases to facilitate a straightforward transition from planning to implementation – Collect, Participate, Analyze and Implement. The Overview phase created a comprehensive understanding of The San Jose neighborhood through reviewing and aggregating existing plans, data, and findings from extensive community and stakeholder outreach. The Collect phase also included a parcel level analysis for the entire neighborhood. The Analysis phase included a comprehensive market analysis and a detailed analysis of how recent market trends have impacted homeowners’ property taxes. The Collect and Analysis phase combined with extensive community participation through the Steering Committee, stakeholders, and public meetings to create unique recommendations focused on neighborhood preservation.
As part of the Implement phase, a Roles and Responsibilities Matrix was created to advise specific regulatory framework recommendations, financing strategies, and internal/external organizational structures for each potential priority area. The concluding deliverable, the San Jose Neighborhood Plan, informed the city of the needed resources, timetables, and responsibilities required to implement outlined strategies.
- Parcel Analysis of parcel land uses conditions and tenure with accompanying map series.
- Market Analysis, including documenting market pressures for existing homeowners.
- Nine Steering Committee meetings
- Community meetings conducted in both English and Spanish.
- An online community survey in both English and Spanish.
- Community Retention strategies.
- Roles and Responsibilities Matrix for implementing neighborhood plan recommendations strategies.
- Continuing engagement recommendations.
- Story Map summarizing the neighborhood plan.