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Thanks to those of you who attended the Northside Neighborhoods Sustainability Workshop on January 29. To provide an additional opportunity for residents to offer input, we invite you to join us for the:

Second Northside Neighborhoods Sustainability Planning Workshop:
9 am – 1 pm
February 21, 2015
Oveal Williams Senior Center
1414 Martin Luther King Drive
Corpus Christi, TX

This workshop offers community members an opportunity to work with the partnering agencies in identifying neighborhood needs and available resources to meet those needs.  This is one of the first steps in developing a Northside Neighborhoods Livability Plan for the Hillcrest and Washington-Coles neighborhoods.  Group discussions led by a facilitator will encourage a meaningful dialogue between community members and agencies on the future of the Northside area.

 AGENDA

  • Introductions
  • Purpose of Workshop
  • Sustainability Planning Process
  • Partnership for Sustainable Communities – TxDOT, FHWA, EPA, HUD
  • Results of Corpus Christi Livability Summit
  • Harbor Bridge Project Proposed Neighborhood Mitigation
  • Northside Neighborhoods Livability Plan
    • Breakout Session to discuss & Identify community needs
    • Health & Safety
    • Neighborhood & Housing
    • Mobility & Access
    • Economic Growth & Employment
    • Open topic discussion on the neighborhood needs for sustainability
  • Next Steps

We look forward to seeing you on February 21.

Northside Neighborhoods Sustainability Planning Workshop on January 29 Draws More Than 80 Participants

On January 20, 2015, TxDOT, FHWA, and EPA hosted a public workshop attended by 88 residents of the Northside neighborhoods and others to discuss and gather public input to begin development of a Livability Plan for the Northside neighborhoods.   A workshop format was selected to maximize public input from neighborhood residents interested in the Livability Plan.

The facilitated workshop began with a presentation by TxDOT, FHWA, and consultants, who explained that the Livability Plan for the Northside Neighborhoods is being developed is in response to a neighborhood request from the Hillcrest Residents Association to develop such a plan for the Northside as part of the mitigation associated with the Harbor Bridge project. They went on to talk about why the plan is being developed, the steps in the process to develop a plan, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and the October 2014 Corpus Christi Livability Summit.

Most of the meeting was made up of breakout sessions in which meeting participants moved from table to table to discuss and offer their ideas on the following four topics:  Health and Safety, Mobility and Access, Neighborhood and Housing, and Economic Growth and Development as it related to the Northside neighborhoods. These topics all will be addressed in the Northside Livability Plan, as requested by Citizen Advisory Committee members and stakeholders in 2014.   Each table discussion was facilitated by a member of the project team and a note taker who recorded all comments received at the table.   Participants were asked to respond to a list of 4-6 questions per topic area and/or to present any other comments they wished to discuss on that topic.

Exhibits provided for reference at the workshop included maps of the Northside neighborhoods, maps of the recommended alternative for the proposed new Harbor Bridge,  proposed park mitigation details, and detailed schematic layouts of the project.  Attendees were also encouraged to turn in written comments or to visit another area of the room to have comments recorded that did not fit the four table topics.

Following the table discussions, each table facilitator reported on the comments received at his/her respective table. and then people were allowed to provide items for clarification if necessary.  For more detail on the workshop, including a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and documentation of all comments, see  Other general public  comments regarding the meeting and project were received at the end of the workshop.

Corpus Christi Livability Summit

For information on the results of the Corpus Christi Livability Summit held on October 15, 2014, please visit http://www.corpuschristi-mpo.org/06_cclivabilitysummit.html

Project Background

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Corpus Christi District, is determining whether the Harbor Bridge, which spans the Corpus Christi Ship Channel at U.S. 181, should be replaced. A Feasibility Study completed by TxDOT in 2003 concluded that U.S. 181 and the Harbor Bridge must be improved to maintain a safe and efficient transportation corridor.

With substantial public input, TxDOT is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates several potential alignments for a new bridge, as well as a “no-build” scenario (leaving the current bridge in place).

What are the project limits?
The project limits (where construction would eventually take place),  extend approximately 2.3 miles along US 181, approximately 0.7 miles along the Crosstown Expressway and approximately 2.5 miles along I-37, and include: US 181 at Beach Avenue on the north; Crosstown Expressway at Morgan Avenue on the south; I-37 and Up River Road on the west; and I-37 and Shoreline Boulevard on the east.

The project is being developed under Section 6002 of Public Law 109-59, “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users,” (SAFETEA-LU), enacted on August 10, 2005. SAFETEA-LU implemented the development of a Coordination Plan for all projects for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.

The purpose of the SAFETEA-LU, Section 6002 Coordination Plan is to facilitate and document the lead agencies’ structured interaction with the public and agencies, and to inform the public and agencies of how the Coordination Plan will be coordinated and revised. The Coordination Plan will promote an efficient and streamlined process, and good project management through coordination, scheduling, and early resolution of issues as well as to encourage public and agency participation in and comment on the environmental review process for the Harbor Bridge Project. This Coordination Plan will be updated following each step of the NEPA process to describe the development of the EIS and public involvement processes.

Why this website? 
We need your ideas and suggestions as we work through the EIS process for Harbor Bridge. This website helps us communicate and collaborate with you as the project proceeds.

Visit this web site often to learn about project developments as they occur, and to submit your comments and questions during the entire process.