Georgetown is committed to our long-range vision through comprehensive planning in order to meet the future growth challenges of the city. Staff is responsible for guiding the City’s long range planning efforts and the implementation of the 2030 Plan, the City’s comprehensive plan for future growth. The comprehensive plan document consists of the goals, values and overall vision for Georgetown, as determined by city leaders and citizens. This plan helps prepare for the future, through plans for parks and open space, land uses, transportation, etc. Staff assists in the development and execution of these plans. Decisions regarding budgets, capital improvements, public services, etc. are also based on this analysis and support the implementation of the City’s comprehensive plan.
Planners use many tools to assist the implementation efforts, such as the Geographic Information System (GIS) program. GIS data such as aerial photography, city limits, zoning and future land use, provide a valuable opportunity for planners to make important judgments and recommendations on a variety of matters. GIS is also a feature for the citizens to learn about the City’s long-range plans and make decisions regarding issues that might affect or interest them. Interactive maps and all of the City’s long-range GIS data are available for viewing through this web site: maps.georgetown.org
Population and Census Data
The department also provides Census and demographic statistics, in addition to growth and development information to the community for projecting population, building, and development trends and impacts. The local 2010 Census data has recently been released and the population and demographic information from this census will be important planning tools in the coming years. Visit census.gov/2010census, a new site created specifically for the 2010 Census and related information.
Annexation is the process by which a city extends its municipal services, regulations, voting privileges and taxing authority to new territory. Cities annex territory to provide urbanizing areas with efficient municipal services and to exercise regulatory authority necessary to protect public health and safety. Through annexation, cities ensure that residents and businesses outside their corporate limits who benefit from access to the city’s facilities and services share in the tax burden, governing and administration of those programs. Annexation and the imposition of land use controls are also excellent growth management tools to implement the comprehensive plan.
An ordinance approved by the City Council is required to make an annexation effective. The State of Texas grants authority to cities to annex territory, described in greater detail on the following page: Annexation Description