The City of Taylor is working with Simplecity Design to bring the Envision Taylor Comprehensive Plan to life. A series of public meetings are being held to get input from residents. The first meeting, a DNA Round-Up was held on Tuesday, April 19, at the Taylor Public Library and a second meeting for a Design Rodeo was held on Tuesday, May 3.
During the DNA Round-Up, we analyzed and celebrated Taylor's original settlement patterns and how they apply to Taylor's future. What we found is that Taylor's historic downtown and many of the older, diverse neighborhoods are illegal under the current codes. To code for Taylor's future, we must first claim what we love about Taylor's built environment and direct what kind of new development fits best where. Then we begin to build the code.
The Design Rodeo held on May 3 consisted of a roundtable talk and design session where discussions were arranged by topics including housing diversity, retail and restaurant growth, neighborhood design, small town charm, and other topics. A live artist was at the event to conduct illustrations based on the discussions.
A design dialogue and open house was then held to dive deeper into the code using the artist illustrations and conversations held earlier in the afternoon which served as a launch-point for more detailed insights.
A Code Rodeo will be held on Wednesday, July 13, at the Taylor Public Library. There will be a come anytime workshop from 1-4 p.m. to evaluate draft neighborhood sketches and review draft zoning maps and districts. Following, there will be an open house from 6-8 p.m. for an introductory presentation of code and feedback, input, and conversation.
This is an opportunity to determine what's right, what's wrong, and what's missing in the designs. More events and opportunities to review drafts and submit input are available on the website at www.taylor.konveio.com.
The Taylor Made Toolbox is the next phase of the Envision Taylor plan. The Development Codes guide the built environment. The Toolbox will update Taylor's codes based on local preferences to ensure the future of the Envision Taylor plan.
Why are we updating the Development Codes?
The current rules on the books are not representing Taylor’s current development patterns. Take a look at how new development differs from historic areas of Taylor. These codes will shape Taylor for the next generation.