Step 1: Planning for Sidewalks
Sidewalks in Southlake are guided by a master plan that includes recommendations for sidewalk and trail segments across the City. Most recently, as part of the Southlake 2030 master planning, initiatives, City leaders adopted the Mobility Master Plan, which included recommendations for the ongoing development of the City’s sidewalk network. As part of the plan, Council approved the Pathways Master Plan Map (January 2014). This map shows planned segments and their characteristics and guides the development of the annual sidewalk budget, as well as requirements for private development.
Using the master plan as a guide, sidewalks ultimately get built one of four ways:
- As an element of City road or park project. When a City project is designed, all elements identified in the City’s comprehensive master plan are included in the project when possible. In terms of sidewalks, this means we look at the Master Pathways Plan to see where the desired sidewalk or trail segments throughout the City are.
- Infill development based on annual sidewalk priority plan. In the past staff has taken a list of priority segments before Council to receive direction on the ranking of remaining segments. The staff takes this opportunity to update Council on the segments that have been constructed as directed and to brief Council on outstanding challenges associated with those left to complete.
- Privately constructed. Developers are required to incorporate pathways identified in our comprehensive master plan as well as interior sidewalks included in our typical street sections. Developers sometimes ask for the City to participate in perimeter pathways or trails based on the size of the developer's agreements.
- Neighborhood retrofits. Residents can submit requests for construction or filling of sidewalk gaps within their neighborhoods that can be taken forward to Council for consideration in the priority plan. Neighborhoods can also take advantage of the Neighborhood Sidewalk Matching Funds Program. Neighborhood organizations and HOAs can apply for 50% of the cost of sidewalk design and construction. In order to do this, they should do the following:
- Complete a Neighborhood Sidewalk Matching Funds Program Application.
- Meet with the Planning and Development Services Department regarding the application and petition process. If the petition is approved by the Southlake City Council, the organization will then need to complete a Sidewalk Participation Agreement with the Public Works Department. Additionally, the organization's 50% match must be paid before construction is set to begin on the sidewalk.