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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press December 1,2010 + -t- : Prowdmg/compassmnate; hlghquaht , edicine and surgery for dogs and cats. Closed Wed & Sun Dr Jod~ Bryant Call (512) 26B-PETS for an ,~ppolntment today www, Plu mCreekVet.com Located at 4100 Everett, Ste 100, next to the Performing Arts Center in Kyle B,vda C~ly Limi/~. 2001 Buda Cil)' Limi/:r, 2010 Since 2001, the city of Buda has annexed 1,790 acres, more than doubling its land area. During the same period, the population grew from 2,621 to an estimated 6,720 as of January 2010. The city is undertaking an update of its Comprehensive Plan, which was last rewritten in 2002 GRAPHIC BY HALFF AND ASSOCIATES say on BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com IfBuda is a town in search of a vision, city leaders found plenty of people willing to share their:s Tuesday rtight at a workshop to as the citizens ofBuda," Carrillo said. "This is your city, this plan is your plan." Participants grabbed hand- rials of sticker dots and went to work on dozens ofmaps hanging about the room show- ing possible future growth us direction." After two years of work, Buda. councilmembers approved the city's first comprehensive plan in 2002, but plenty has changed in the last decade. The city's popu- lation has shot up from about 2,500 to nearly 7,000, and over the next three decades is pro- jected to reach 35,000- 45,000, said Jim Carrillo of Halff and Associates, which won the city . contract to revise the compre- hensive plan. ,". "It's no surprise that the Austin to San Antonio corridor is grow- lng tremendously," Cardllo told the crowd. "That's an inevi- table We can't change that update the city's most important patterns, marking up the planning document. ~. scenarios they wanted to see. About 115 people filled the As the crowd circled the room, a Kunkel Room at Buda Elemen- : pattern emerged: theywanted a tary to offer their input into mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, revisions to the city's Compre- revitalized downtown, plenty of hensive Plan, the document small neighborhood retail shops that offers a blueprint for Budffs throughout the community, big fi~ture growth. , businesses clustered around the "Just about ten years ago this interstate corridor, and industri- room was full of people doing al development, well, not much this for the first time in the city of of anywhere. Buda's histo~," said Buda Mayor The crowd broke into groups Bobby Lane. 'Alot of good ~ of ten, and for an hour they came fromit. Our ordinances ~ ' worked to brainstorm what and codes grew out of that docu'- they perceived to be the city's ment- It gave us purpose, it gavg strengths, challenges and ulti- mate vision. The crowd that gathered Tues- day night was full of many of the usual suspects, the familiar faces that routinely attend council meetings and serve on dty commissions. But the fliers the city mailed out drew some new input at well. One of those was Cam Lantrip; who moved from Arkansas to growth. But what we cando is we can help shape what impact that has on your city, and that's what this plan is all about-" Unlike the city's list of ordi- nances and building codes, the comprehensive plan is less of a rule book and more of an over- arching vision for the city and its" future growth, suggesting where different kinds of development should land and what priorities the city should focus on. That vi- sion, Ca_rrillo said, should come from the residents. "First and foremost, this pro- cess is about us listening to you Get fro m: the Flu the Meadows at Buda subdivi- sion a year ago after her husband found a new job in Austin. "We didn't want to move to the big city, so we came to Buda," Lantrip said. Lantrip, who said she came to the meeling to offer her input and bring information back to her neighbors, wanted to preserve Buda's small town feel while supporting parks and fes- tivals, lake many other residents, she was concerned about traffic. A number ofparlticipants said they wanted to, see more roadwork in the area, such as improvements to FN11626 and construction of the long-delayed SH 45. But many residents also called for better pedestrian infrastructure and bike lanes throughout the city: Also on the wishlist was environmental protection, more local business development and public safety. In addition to workshops, the city has put together a dtizen com- mission and mailed out surveys to local households. The survey will also be placed on a website, budatxplan.wordpress.corrL Halff and Associates will take information from the workshop and survey feedback and use it to craft a first draft ofrecom- Gets Yau! mendations, which they will present at another workshop in late lanuary or early Febmary, Carrillo said. SANTA'S RANCH 1 mile S, of Exit 1991-35 nACA JEW BRAUNFELS[ HOUr: 10% OFF a 9 mi,a 422-3625 " W/TH AB! p.m. FOR INFO iv,,e,,v,,t ,,m,r:gu, irdlgl Tis the Christmas Season and you need to ship Gifts galore; how to get them there? Lines everywhere, no time to spare; Off to Buda Postal where service is great. Posbf,37a6on Ship FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS toO. Can it really be so easy? They package, they ship; no worry, A sigh of relief, all is done. 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