The Board of Directors of Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) voted to extend a rate-reduction measure, which was originally set to expire at the end of May. The reduction of the power supply adjustment by one-half will result in an approximate 15% reduction in electric costs for customers.
After more than a year of community input and planning, the proposed Midtown Area Plan is now available. The plan includes ideas and concepts that will guide the City of Bryan staff and property owners as Bryan’s Midtown area redevelops over the next several years.
The Midtown Area Plan features several sections:
- An overview of and recommendations for five Experience Districts, which are subsections of the Midtown area, each with its own identity.
- A market opportunity study, which was conducted to help inform the implementation decisions in the Midtown Area Plan.
- A pattern book, which outlines a concept called Pattern Zoning. This new type of zoning will include pre-approved building patterns.
- The implementation work plan that specifies the near-term and long-term action items to help accomplish the Midtown Area Plan.
Right now, nothing is changing. If the recommendations of the plan are approved, then we are focused on keeping it as voluntary as possible. The Midtown Area Plan recommendations and zoning changes will trigger when property owners choose to develop or redevelop their properties.
Details about the location of specific zoning changes will be available in the coming weeks.
The Plan and zoning changes will go through a final approval process over the next several months, which includes a public meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Bryan City Council.