The updated Community Pathways Plan will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, July 12. Many residents are in favor of the plan that will provide dedicated walking and biking trails throughout the City.  However some residents do not want such sidewalks in front of or beside their homes.

The following is from the meeting’s agenda:

“There will be discussion, consideration, and possible action on the Commission’s recommendation of the Community Pathways Plan.” “The purpose of this item on the agenda is to provide an overview to the updated version of the Community Pathways Plan with the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and to solicit approval.”

This project has been underway since the professional services agreement with HR Green Development, LLC was approved at the August 7, 2017 City Council meeting. Feedback from the community was solicited via an online survey from November through December of 2017. Feedback was also received at a community meeting held on January 23, 2018 to discuss the plan. Comments were generally positive and mostly about bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout the City. The proposed pathway locations, cost estimates and maps were presented at the meeting as well as potential projects that could be incorporated into the future Capital Improvement Program. The draft plan also identified recommended sidewalks for the Bonds for Better Bellaire 2016 Group D Phase III Sidewalk Project for connection to the recommended pathways. PRAB, P&Z and the PRAB have been involved during various stages of creating the draft plan including, but not limited to, attending the neighborhood meeting and reviewing the draft plan when it was uploaded to the project website February 21, 2018 for public comment. The comment period for public input was officially open until March 9, 2018. However, additional comments were received through the project webpage by email and phone through June 8, 2018. These comments have also been addressed. This draft plan was taken to PRAB for approval June 20, 2018. The board decided to not take action on this plan and to leave the decision for approval to City Council.”

View the full agenda HERE.

View the updated proposed Community Pathways Plan HERE.

View the Community Pathways Project website HERE.

The meeting will be held July 12 at 6 pm in the Bellaire Council Chambers, 7008 S. Rice Ave.