Future Land Use Plan 2018 Update

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What will Keller look like 10 years from now? More importantly, what do we want Keller to look like 10 years from now? To answer these questions, the City of Keller is conducting an update of the Future Land Use Plan (FLUP), an important visionary document used as a foundation to the city's planning of roads, zoning, infrastructure, services and amenities. Although the FLUP map has been amended several times, the last formal update of the plan was performed 20 years ago.

 

DOWNLOAD PROPOSED FLUP UPDATE (as of Feb. 9, 2019)

 

Upcoming Meetings

City Council plans to hold two public hearings on the Future Land Use Plan Update during regular City Council meetings before their vote. Those dates have been set for: 

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
&
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019

City Council may choose to vote on this issue during their Oct. 1, 2019 meeting following the closing of the public hearing. Both of these public hearings will occur during the regular meetings of the Keller City Council, which begin at 7 p.m. at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.

 

Stay Connected: To receive email notifications of meetings and news related to the Future Land Use Plan 2018 Update, visit our Keller Connect system and sign up for the "Future Land Use Plan 2018 Update" list in both the news and calendar categories.

 

Future Land Use Plan

The Future Land Use Plan serves as a guide for the City of Keller to help address issues such as physical factors and man-made constraints that influence development, demographic makeup of the city, existing land use patterns, and future growth and development opportunities. The Keller City Council adopted the existing Future Land Use Plan on Aug. 31, 1998. 

 

Public Input Opportunities

Citizens had multiple opportunities throughout this update to offer feedback to Keller's city staff, the consultant team that has been tasked with guiding us through this process, and members of Keller's Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council. Upcoming opportunities will be posted to this site following further discussion by the Future Land Use Plan Task Force.

During the spring of 2018, these included an online survey, a series of initial public meetings, information booths and feedback opportunities at special events, and Meetings in a Box available to the public designed to offer any group of citizens the tools they need to host their own meeting on this issue with their neighbors, friends, HOA or civic organizations, etc. and share critical feedback from that meeting with the city. 

Proposed updates to the Future Land Use Plan map and land use categories were shared with the community during two public input meeting opportunities held Sept. 25 and Oct. 24. Those unable to attend were also provided an opportunity to review the presentation and leave feedback online between the two meeting dates. 

A LETTER FROM CHAIRMAN GREEN

 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES: City Council plans to hold two public hearings on the Future Land Use Plan Update during regular City Council meetings before their vote. Those dates have been set for: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

City Council may choose to vote on this issue during their Oct. 1, 2019 meeting following the closing of the public hearing. Both of these public hearings will occur during the regular meetings of the Keller City Council, which begin at 7 p.m. at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.

 

Update History

June 13, 2019
City Council held a special work session focused on the Future Land Use Plan update. 

May 21, 2019
City Council discussed recommended updates to the Future Land Use Plan document during the work session of their meeting, receiving an update from Task Force Chairman Tag Green.

May 7, 2019
City Council discussed recommended updates to the Future Land Use Plan document during the work session of their meeting, receiving updates from Task Force Chairman Tag Green and Councilman Eric Schmidt.

Feb. 26 & April 9, 2019
The Future Land Use Plan Task Force met to further discuss three topics: Defining Parks and Open Spaces, specifically as it applies to Sky Creek Ranch Golf Course and The Birch Racquet and Lawn Club/Dent Tennis Academy; Estate Residential Category definition and application; and a Keller-specific definition of mixed use. A recap of the recommendations that came out of those meetings is available immediately above in the May 7, 2019 entry. 

Feb. 19, 2019
City Council discussed the Future Land Use Plan Update during the work session of their meeting and received an update from Task Force Chairman Tag Green.

Jan. 15, 2019
City Council conducted and closed a public hearing on the FLUP Update and took no action. The Council Members voted unanimously to table the item to a future meeting to allow the Future Land Use Plan Task Force time to reconvene and discuss further revisions. A future public hearing will be advertised following discussion and direction from the Task Force. 

If the Task Force proposes significant changes, the FLUP will again be considered by the Planning & Zoning Commission with a public hearing and then go to City Council for an additional public hearing and final approval.  

Jan. 14, 2019
The Planning & Zoning Commission discussed the FLUP Update and voted 5-2 to recommend approval of the proposed update with the condition that the proposed definition for Mixed Use be modified to read:

DISTINCT MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT/KELLER SPECIFIC (DMU/KS)

A Land Use categorization providing for more than one use or purpose within a shared building or development area. Distinct Mixed-Use / Keller Specific land use excludes multi-family residential apartments as a housing component. DMU/KS may include combinations of office, retail, dining, medical, recreational, commercial, industrial components, or residential.

In cases where housing is to be considered:

1) All DMU/KS requires a Planned Development;

2) The housing component must be individual ownership;

3) Must provide commitments for commercial components by signed leases, contracts, or letters of intent prior to commencement of housing component.

Exception

a) Where the underlying existing zoning permits multi-family or other residential zoning, DMU/KS may include multi-family components or components permitted within the UDC for the specific existing zoning.

Dec. 18, 2018
Freese & Nichols gave a presentation on the proposed FLUP Update to the City Council. Council members opened the public hearing, and then voted to continue the public hearing and table the item to their Jan. 15, 2019 meeting.

Dec. 10, 2018
Freese & Nichols gave a presentation on the proposed FLUP Update to the Planning & Zoning Commission. The commissioners conducted a public hearing and discussed the proposed updates, then voted to close the public hearing and table the item to their Jan. 14, 2019 meeting. 

Sept. 25, 2018 & Oct. 24, 2018
Freese & Nichols Inc. hosted two public input meetings focused on draft updates to the Future Land Use Plan.

Aug. 7, 2018
Freese & Nichols presented a summary of public input, findings, goals and objectives as well as a preliminary Future Land Use Plan map and land use categories to the City Council in preparation for the first public input meeting.

April 28, 2018
Freese & Nichols Inc. hosted a booth offering information on the Future Land Use Plan Update process as well as opportunities to provide feedback at the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce's KellerFest event at Bear Creek Park.

April 19, 2018
Freese & Nichols Inc. and city leadership hosted the fifth FLUP Update Public Input Meeting at the Keller Public Library.


April 16, 2018
Freese & Nichols Inc. and city leadership hosted the fourth FLUP Update Public Input Meeting at Keller Town Hall.


April 14, 2018

Freese & Nichols Inc. hosted a booth offering information on the Future Land Use Plan Update process as well as opportunities to provide feedback at the Keller Crawfish Krawl event in Old Town Keller. 


April 12, 2018

Freese & Nichols Inc. and city leadership hosted the third FLUP Update Public Input Meeting at Willis Lane Elementary School. 


April 10, 2018
Freese & Nichols Inc. and city leadership hosted the second FLUP Update Public Input Meeting at Hidden Lakes Elementary School.


April 4, 2018
Keller citizens were invited to attend their first FLUP Update Public Input Meeting at Ridgeview Elementary School to learn more and participate in several stations used to gather input on various aspects of land use. 


March 12, 2018
Members of the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Keller City Council participated in a joint meeting with project leaders from Freese and Nichols Inc. team to discuss the Future Land Use Plan update and formally kick off the process.

 
Feb. 6, 2018
The Keller City Council approved a $197,650 contract with Freese and Nichols Inc. for professional services related to the Future Land Use Plan Update. 

 

Nov. 7, 2017
The Keller City Council appointed four representatives to the Future Land Use Plan Task Force: City Council members Tag Green and Eric Schmidt, and Planning & Zoning Commissioners Carey Page and David Reid. 

 

2017 Future Land Use Plan Task Force

City Council on Nov. 7, 2017 unanimously approved appointing two members of the Keller City Council and two members of the Planning & Zoning Commission to work with staff in selecting a consultant to help guide the city through this update process. These included Councilmen Tag Green (chairman) and Eric Schmidt (vice-chairman), and Commissioners Carey Page and Dave Reid.

Task Force members unanimously recommended Freese and Nichols Inc., and the Keller City Council approved a contract with the full-service planning and design firm on Feb. 6, 2018. Members of the Task Force continue to represent their fellow members on the Keller City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission in providing feedback to the update process, assisting in public input initiatives and providing oversight to the project timeline. 

 

2013 Future Land Use Plan Advisory Committee

City Council in 2013 took steps to begin an update of the Future Land Use Plan by appointing a committee of citizens to review the Land Use Element of the Keller Master Plan and recommend portions of the plan to be retained, deleted or reviewed for possible future edits. 

That seven-member group made a unanimous recommendation to the Keller City Council in September 2013 that the plan should be reviewed and updated in its entirety. While the project was put on hold in 2014 when City Council priorities shifted, the work of that committee and its recommendations remain valuable to this process.

See details of that committee's work, including agendas, presentations, discussions and public hearings, by following the link: Future Land Use Plan Advisory Committee

 

Written Correspondence

All written correspondence regarding this project will be collected by staff and forwarded to appropriate elected and appointed officials for their consideration. Questions regarding the Future Land Use Plan 2018 Update and/or requests for additional information should be directed to Public Services Director Trina Zais at tzais@cityofkeller.com.