Community meeting

Victoria Main Street manager presents master plan at community meeting

VICTORIA, Texas – At this week’s Victoria Partnership Meeting, Danielle Williams, Executive Director of the Victoria Main Street Program, gave a presentation on the Victoria Downtown Master Plan.

The plan was developed by several community stakeholders.

One of the potential sources of funding for downtown improvement would be the creation of a public improvement district, which would function as an association of owners.

“People who live downtown or businesses voluntarily are urged to be assessed additionally so that the money can go further to work downtown,” said Mike Etienne, Deputy Director General of the City of Victoria.

The main conclusions forming part of the master plan did not include any projection of significant growth in population or employment in the city center over the next ten years, but growth is expected to remain stable.

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The stable base of day jobs should be used to attract new businesses and residents.

Designating an arts and culture district would also open up the downtown area to more festival funding, Williams shared.

A five-year funding program, which would include no increase in the tax rate, is also part of the plan.

As well as hiring additional staff for the Victoria Main Street program to expand operations, a main gateway north of downtown, the potential removal of two-hour parking signs near the plaza and reduction of the five-point intersection at Moody’s and Houston Highway at four points.

It’s important to remember that whatever is included in the plan is just a recommendation for potential changes, Williams added.

To learn more about the master plan go here. You can also submit your comments before October 19, when the plan must be adopted by members of city council.