Members of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee use a map of the city to propose future land- use scenarios with consultant Chris Stewart (second from left) of Stewart Planning Consulting during a May 29 workshop.
Wilson County News June 5, 2013 3,898 views 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- In addition to developing a plan for how the city of Floresville should utilize land for residential and commercial use, consultant Chris Stewart of Austin-based Stewart Planning Consulting, LLC reminded the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee at a May 29 workshop that the city’s transportation infrastructure should not be a forgotten part of the process.
The city’s major thoroughfares, such as U.S. 181, U.S. 181 Business, and S.H. 97, continue to experience an increase in daily vehicular traffic due to migration from San Antonio and because of the myriad activities in the Eagle Ford shale. Stewart said if the trend continues, Floresville might want to consider devising a loop or a bypass to distribute the vehicles and prevent a bottleneck on U.S. 181. Possibilities for this plan would include improvements to C.R. 301 and C.R. 302, two parallel roads that run behind the McCoy’s Building Supply property near the intersection of U.S. 181 and C.R. 331.
Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office said Wilson County maintains all three roads -- which are located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) -- and it would take a considerable investment to transform them into a suitable thoroughfare. She said another traffic flow scenario might be in the works with the Texas Department of Transportation, which has begun consideration of a super street, similar to U.S. 281 in the Stone Oak section of San Antonio.
“Coleman, Texas, put a loop around their town and the downtown died,” said committee member Teddi Harllee.
Committee President Philip Vipond expressed concern that a bypass would take consumers away from the U.S. 181 corridor and from the downtown area. Councilman Jim Miller, who also was in attendance for the workshop, pointed out the increased revenue for local businesses that is attributable to oil-field-related traffic.
Also during the meeting, the committee considered a first draft of a vision statement for Floresville, which balances its transformation from a small town into a growing city.
While the two-hour workshop was productive, Vipond expressed discontent with the level of attention the past three sessions have received. Other than Miller, a handful of city staff, and a Wilson County News reporter, no one has attended.
“I’m really disappointed by the lack of interest shown by any of the organizations, including the city council,” he said.
In attendance: Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee members Philip Vipond, Teddi Harllee, Jim Lawhon, and Ray Lamberth; Councilman Jim Miller, and Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office.
A super street like 281 by Stone Oak? Has anyone ventured out that way? In no way did that help the traffic for that area. Thursday I left work early to go to the post office before it closed. The traffic on 181 was horrible. ... More ›
A super street like 281 by Stone Oak? Has anyone ventured out that way? In no way did that help the traffic for that area. Thursday I left work early to go to the post office before it closed. The traffic on 181 was horrible. Especially near the school. If anything they need to figure alternate routes for school buses, faculty, and parents to get around that area. And a bypass for the oil trucks specifically would be nice.