Northside Neighborhoods Workshops

Northside Neighborhoods Voluntary Relocation Presentation – March 7, 2016

Two Northside Neighborhoods Sustainability Workshops Held in Early 2015

Thanks to those of you who attended the Northside Neighborhoods Sustainability Workshops  on January 29 and February 21, 2015.  Detailed summaries of these meetings including the workshop presentations and a listing of public comments received at the workshops are included below.

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

Second Neighborhood Workshop Gives Participants Chance to Provide Additional Input for Northside Neighborhoods Livability Plan

On February 21, 2015, TxDOT, FHWA, and EPA hosted a second public workshop at the Oveal Williams Senior Center attended by 27 residents of the Northside neighborhoods and others to begin development of a Livability Plan for the Northside neighborhoods.   This workshop format was selected to maximize public input from and discussions with neighborhood residents interested in the Livability Plan.

The facilitated workshop began with at 9 am with a presentation by TxDOT, and consultants, who explained that the Northside Neighborhoods Livability Plan is being developed in response to a neighborhood request from the Hillcrest Residents Association.  They requested development of such a plan as part of the mitigation associated with the Harbor Bridge project.

The Harbor Bridge project team reviewed why the plan is being developed, explained the plan’s development process, noted the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and highlighted the October 2014 Corpus Christi Livability Summit.  The City of Corpus Christi also contributed to the presentation when a City representative briefly shared information about their concurrent comprehensive planning efforts.  The Northside neighborhoods are within their downtown district, and workshop participants were encouraged to participate in the upcoming public outreach meetings hosted by the city.

Most of the meeting consisted 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. These topics all will be addressed in the Northside Livability Plan, as requested by Citizens Advisory Committee members in 2014. A member of the project team facilitated each table discussion and a note taker 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.  TxDOT also encouraged participants to turn in written comments or to visit the “Additional Comments” discussion table if their comments did not fit the four table topics.

Following the table discussions, each table facilitator reported on the comments received at his/her respective table. Workshop participants were given a chance to add additional details for clarification purposes.  For more detail on the workshop, including a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and documentation of all comments, see the links below.

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.

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