Community and Neighborhood Livability

2021-2022 Annual Budget



Community and Neighborhood Livability

Since the majority of residential areas are built, White Settlement should continue retrofitting existing neighborhoods and increasing design standards for infill development. The City may support the creation of a neighborhood partnership program that encourages the City and residents to collaborate on community improvement projects to improve existing conditions. Coordinated efforts may include a tree planting program, streetscape improvements, painting the exterior of homes or public art installations. A city staff member can be designated as the project manager to ensure completion of the project. Volunteer based programs are essential for existing neighborhood improvements. Working to establish partnerships between the City, residents and other local organizations may help raise funds, awareness and participation for improving, rehabilitating and preserving existing neighborhoods in White Settlement.



Goal # 1

Improve and enhance the visual identity of commercial corridors

Objective 1.3

Provide transitions between land uses to address potential adverse impacts of higher intensity development


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Incorporate development standards that will buffer and mitigate any adverse impacts of noncomplimentary (or conflicting) land uses. A tiered system for screening and buffering based on land use intensity will improve compatibility of existing land uses.

Purpose

Land use types are strategically placed on the Future Land Use Map to remain compatible with surrounding land uses and encourage the development of desirable land uses, however guidelines to mitigate any adverse impacts or appropriate transition from conflicting land uses is not addressed. Development standards to transition from conflicting land uses can include landscape setbacks with vegetation, which would be outlined in the City's development guidelines.

Goal # 2

Establish Special Areas to promote vibrant, walkable destinations

Objective 2.1

Incorporate unique site and architectural standards for the City's Special Areas consisting of the Town Center Overlay, Mixed-Use Overlay and Commercial Corridor


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Create unique development and architectual standards for the City's Special Areas to create the identity envisioned for each area. The design criteria for each Special Area should be reviewed and considered for approval by the City Council.

Purpose

Unique sense of identity and character will be contributed by the development standards tailored for each Special Area. Implementing the design criteria for each overlay is important for executing the vision.

Goal # 8

Protect and strengthen neighborhoods to improve quality of life

Objective 8.1

Promote and support the creation of Neighborhood Partnership Program


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Support the creation of a Neighborhood Partnership Program to organize community improvements projects with residents and local organizations. It is recommended that a staff member be the point of contact and project manager for neighborhood improvement projects.

Purpose

The creation of a neighborhood partnership program will encourage City and public collaboration on community improvement projects.

Objective 8.2

Incorporate site enhancements to improve the quality of residential and nonresidential development


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Site enhancements should be explored for both residential and nonresidential land uses. A comprehensive list of which would serve the community best should be created and considered for approval by the City Council.

Purpose

Site enhancements can be incorporated in the City's development standards for residential and nonresidential development.

Objective 8.3

Modify landscaping standards to require trees located closer to the street to shade sidewalks and frame the roadways


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Amend the City's landscaping regulations to require street trees within a specified distance from street right-of-way.

Purpose

Minor landscaping modifications can improve the aesthetic of the City and frame the street. Within the City's current landscaping standards trees can be planted anywhere within the front yard.

Objective 8.4

Incorporate gateway markers and wayfinding signage


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Create a comprehensive sign design and plan to incorporate gateway markers and wayfinding signage.

Purpose

The installation of gateway markers and wayfinding signage can enhance the City's identity and branding.

Objective 8.5

Promote qualify infill development to expand the supply and the type of available housing


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Review housing types permitted within the current zoning code. Update regulations to allow a greater variety of housing options. Update regulations to ensure infill development is properly integrated into existing, stable neighborhoods.

Purpose

A variety of housing options will facilitate the concept of providing life cycle housing as discussed on page 126 of 2040 Comprehensive Plan (Range of Housing Opportunities and Choices).

Goal # 9

Protect and strengthen neighborhoods to improve quality of life

Objective 9.1

Create a connected network of parks, trails and open spaces throughout the City


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Prioritize sections of the Pedestrian and Bicycle plan that will help close the gaps and be more beneficial to the community,

Purpose

Construct sections of the pedestrian and bicycle system that will be continuous with existing trails.

Objective 9.2

Connect to the region's planned bicycle and pedestrian network


Priority Ranking: 3

Action Item

Prioritize construction of trails connecting to the City of Fort Worth trail system which will allow for regional connectivity.

Purpose

City of White Settlement has an opportunity to expand the local trail system to the Fort Worth regional trail systems.