A couple months ago, the city enlisted the help of the Jacobs Engineering to consult and come up with a Downtown Implementation Plan. To make a long story short, the city wants advice on how to positively transform the downtown area in line with the 1999-2020 Denton Plan document (which contains 34 mentions of “bicycle”). They know the train is coming, they know the area is going to see increased pedestrian/bike transit and an economic bump, and they want to capitalize on all of those factors.
So they hired the firm, Jacobs, for about $200K, and Jacobs interviewed stakeholders in the city. That included businesses from the downtown area, city staff, Bike Denton, and the general public (via an online survey).
We’re very interested to see the results, and especially considering the city’s recent application for TXDOT funds to build bike lanes on Hickory through the square.
The first Downtown Implementation Plan Public Meeting will be Monday, December 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, corner of Bell and Hickory. Parking is available behind the station, off Mulberry. The door just past the truck bays will be open, so you won’t have to walk back around to the Hickory entrance. Economic Development is providing sandwiches; Planning will provide cookies and beverages. The agenda is below. Please contact Ron Menguita (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Downtown Implementation Plan
Public Meeting #1 – Central Fire Station
Open House 5:30 p.m.
A. Handouts – presentation overview
B. Wall Graphics
– Existing Land Use
– Streets & Linkages
– Pedestrian Sidewalks
– Parks & Open Space
– Solid Waste
– Denton TOD Plan
C. Powerpoint Presentation Rick Leisner, Project Manager 6:30 p.m.
– Project Overview
– Assessment Findings & Data
– Plan Direction
– Citizen Input (Goals & Objectives)
D. Conclusion & Next Steps 7:50 – 8:00 p.m.