The Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP, Team is charged with producing conceptual plans for alternative long-range visions for the entire Brackenridge Tract. The team will look at the existing use of the site and explore with the Board of Regents the opportunities that changing conditions and an integrated plan approach would provide. Part of any responsible master planning process is gaining an understanding of the values of the client, the community, and the city, as well as of the physical characteristics of the site, its constraints, and its context, all of which will have an impact on the form of the plans. Some of the other master planning considerations and challenges with particular significance for this site are:
The planning process began in late May 2008 and the goal is to complete the work by June 2009. The first approximately half of the project will focus on understanding the site, an inventory and analysis of its physical characteristics, including environmental and traffic, as well as regulatory, financial, and market analyses. This first phase will also be a period of intensive outreach for input from all interested individuals and groups. Plan and program assumptions, goals, and principles to guide the work on the concept plans will be established from these discussions and analysis before proceeding with that work.
The remaining half of the project will include plan and design studies and the development of alternatives for the layout, uses, density, traffic, and utilities. These will be evaluated based on the established goals and principles, and selected alternatives or combinations of elements from the alternatives will provide the basis for the final concept plans. Each of the final plans will be developed in greater detail and documented. Visual and written materials will be prepared to illustrate the plans and describe their intents.
Public input and involvement are critical to this process. Throughout the entire project, the team will seek input, keep the public apprised of the progress and findings, and be available to answer questions. Please visit the Presentations and Meetings page for a review of public involvement activities.