CONTEXT SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP RECAP
Over 40 members of the public attended our latest Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) workshop on April 7, 2015 at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. The project team presented the results of last October’s CSS community survey. Those results included that out of eight items, the top four community priorities were: (1) Pedestrian and Bicycle Access, (2) Environmentally Sustainable, (3) Signage, and (4) Lighting.
At the workshop, the team presented how we are moving forward with those results and community priorities.
Attendees reviewed proposed community connections and added comments for consideration
Exhibits for discussion included: a draft CSS Vision Statement, maps featuring proposed multimodal connections for cyclists and pedestrians in Oak Hill, ideas to revitalize Williamson Creek, potential locations of CSS design concepts within the corridor, and artist sketches of potential retaining wall designs.
Through a series of sticker dot exercises and a community survey, participants were able to inform us if we were on the right track and identify anything that was missing. We are processing all comments received and refining our CSS design.
Key things we heard:
- Consider capturing rainwater for use in irrigating any landscaping used for the project
- Don’t mess with Williamson Creek except where necessary
- Preserve the oak trees
- Include water detention to prevent Williamson Creek from flooding during a major rain event but only with as little artificial environmental features as possible
- General surprise over bicycle/pedestrian access ranking the No. 1 CSS element; many people didn’t feel it should be the highest priority
- Request for additional bicycle/pedestrian improvements including the extension of the shared use path and/or enhancements at the US 290/SH 71 intersection between Prosperity Bank and HEB
- Concern that the project will be a gateway to Dripping Springs and Austin, but by-pass Oak Hill
- Concerns about increased noise
- Strong support for preserving and protecting the night sky in the Oak Hill area
- Encouragement for better signage in Oak Hill, especially wayfinding signage
- Support for separating the through traffic from local traffic
We will be returning with further refined designs and ideas later this year. In the meantime, be sure to check out more about CSS on our website.