In 2013, the City was awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prepare a multi-hazard mitigation plan, to assess all potential natural disasters and to identify mitigation actions to address each risk.
This plan was adopted by the City Council on November 25, 2014 and approved by FEMA on January 5, 2015.
The Housing Plan is an element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, as required by the City Charter. A major revision to the City’s Comprehensive Plan began in 2006 with the 2030 Plan Vision Statement and Land Use Plan. The Housing Element was adopted by the City Council on August 14, 2012.
You can read the plan here: Housing Element
The Georgetown Main Street Facade & Sign Reimbursement Grant Program is an economic incentive to help ‘enhance the unique character of the downtown through historic preservation and makes an effort to keep commercial storefronts aesthetically appealing in order to attract customers. This incentive entails the City of Georgetown providing assistance to property owners, and in some situations, tenants,’ for the purpose of improving the quality of their storefront.
The Facade & Sign Reimbursement Grant Program focuses on exterior work on storefronts that hasn’t begun, as well as roof and foundation work on commercial buildings located in the Downtown Overlay District. The application and instructions are below along with a map of the Downtown Overlay District. (see the .pdf linked to below)
Over the years the City of Georgetown has worked hard to maintain its character while also maximizing opportunities for economic development and for enhancing the quality of life for its residents. Many planning decisions have been made carefully, with close consideration of the impacts and benefits of development and recognition of long-term city policies. The importance of current decisions spurred by recent growth and of maintaining the small town character of the downtown is evident in community involvement in the planning process. The Downtown Master Plan seeks to provide a framework for the citizens of Georgetown to use in planning for the future of the downtown.
Georgetown is a community of more than 30,000 located approximately 26 miles north of Austin. Known for its rich history, Georgetown has over 180 homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the recipient of the Great American Main Street Award in 1997, the first Texas city ever so recognized.
Plan Boundary: Downtown Overlay District
The plan boundary follows that of the Downtown Overlay District, which was adopted by City Council in 2001. The Downtown Overlay District defines an area in which design guidelines apply for many types of improvements. In terms of permitted land uses, the boundary is the same as that of what has been designated as the Downtown Pedestrian Mixed Use zone in the Future Land Use Plan of the City”s Century Plan. This boundary is used for the Downtown Master Plan because it includes all of the properties that have the potential to redevelop with a mix of uses, including a variety of commercial uses, as well as residential. The planning area is framed by established neighborhoods, which the comprehensive plan envisions remaining stable residential places.
The master plan has been updated as of January 2014 and can be found at https://dtmasterplan.georgetown.org.