The City of Hutto has contracted with a planning firm, Freese and Nichols, to develop a long-range Comprehensive Plan for the growing Hutto community. This in-depth project will take about 15 months to complete, including more than a dozen opportunities for Hutto residents and stakeholders to provide valuable input through meetings, surveys, and open houses.
The study will look at everything from parks and public facilities to roadways, accessibility, land use (zoning), population trends, and economic resiliency. The resulting plan will literally become the City’s roadmap to the future—guiding Hutto development patterns for decades to come.
After the project officially kicks off this summer, a special webpage will be introduced so that the Hutto community can stay as informed and involved as possible in the planning process. The high-tech website may include virtual “idea walls” for brainstorming, interactive mapping for geographic feedback, online town halls, and participatory budgeting.
Once the dates and other details have been set for community input forums, that schedule will be widely publicized in hopes of strong community involvement.
While the Comprehensive Plan will encompass all aspects of the entire Hutto community, part of the project will include a focused look at the Old Town District as a unique destination. Stakeholder input will help determine opportunities to enhance the District’s sense of character and community through public art, urban design, and open space.
The City last adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2008. While the City did evaluate that 2008 plan over the years and made minor updates to it as needed, this will be the first full-scale, strategic evaluation in over a decade. The Hutto Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will contribute $180,000 toward the project’s total projected cost of about $500,000.