The City of Amarillo’s Planning department has recently drafted a version of the North Heights Neighborhood Plan and it is now available by following the link below. Before the draft makes its way to Amarillo City Council for approval, the Planning department is asking for the public’s input. Please send your comments to [email protected].
The Community Improvement Program will involve the creation and implementation of a multiple year strategy that includes specific plans, programs and initiatives to improve public infrastructure (utilities, streets, parks, recreation facilities, etc.), safety, health, education, community appearance, and housing issues.This work group is focused on addressing disadvantaged areas of the community, which requires an expansion of the overall mission to include the establishment of a citywide Community Improvement Program (CIP) with the goal of addressing issues related to the physical, social, and economic development concerns throughout the City of Amarillo. Older, distressed areas of the City will be identified and be given priority status for action.
The goal of this project is to assist neighborhoods with future planning and development needs by addressing the neighborhood’s goals and desires through the creation of a neighborhood plan. The neighborhood plan will be a general roadmap to guide future neighborhood planning and development efforts both in general categories such as land use, zoning and circulation as well as site specific improvements. Through collaboration with neighborhood citizens, the plan will identify neighborhood improvement goals and objectives and establish area-specific strategies for implementation of the plan.
The Community Planning Program has many aspects including education programs, housing needs, transportation, public safety, social services, infrastructure needs, health services, economic development and character/image.
Neighborhood Plans can help areas by describing clearly what the neighborhood wants to accomplish, providing a framework for zoning, giving direction to the City, offering residents and businesses a clear picture of the development desired, informing property owners and potential developers as to what businesses are needed and providing guidelines for the design. The Neighborhood Plan Initiative has six targeted areas which are the Heights, Barrio, San Jacinto, east Amarillo, Eastridge and north Amarillo areas.
- Programs/initiatives to be addressed:
- Housing Assistance Programs
- Educational Assistance Programs
- Family Assistance Programs
- Occupation Assistance/Training Programs
- Neighborhood Character/Beautification Program
- Transportation/Public Transit Study
- Long-Term Capital Improvement Program Budgeting for Targeted Areas
- Land Banking Program in Targeted Areas
The Neighborhood Plan process involves:
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Formulation of Goals
- Identifying Challenges/Opportunities
- Identifying Objectives
- Identifying/Assessing Strategies
- Creation of an Action Plan
- Adoption of an Action Plan
- Implementation of an Action Plan
- Performance Evaluation
There are three phases to the City of Amarillo’s Neighborhood Plans:
- Phase I – Defines the area, analyzes the existing conditions and markets
- Phase II – Drafts and implements the Community Engagement Plan, activates the plan, and determines neighborhood objectives
- Phase III – determines strategies, action steps, Action/Implementation Plan, and adopts the plans