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The City Council, as a part of the 2019 and 2021 Strategic Plan objectives, recognized the importance of revitalizing declining neighborhoods. The Planning Division is creating a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative that will begin by working with the community to change the path of their neighborhood. Based on the community needs staff will be putting into place multiyear programs and ordinances to reshape each neighborhood.
The first neighborhood selected as part of the program is the Central Wichita Falls Revitalization Area. This area includes properties south of Seymour Hwy., east of Kemp Blvd., north of Kell Fwy. W. and west of Brook Ave. The area was originally identified by the City Council and staff as part in the City Council’s 2019 Strategic Plan. Key factors such as the number and current condition of housing; housing affordability; potential for commercial business expansion and revitalization; availability of adequate public infrastructure led to its selection as the initial revitalization area. The future revitalization of the area also took on increased importance with the passage of the bond to build two new high schools in 2020 as the future use of the Wichita Falls Old High property will play a significant part in the revitalization efforts for the area.
As efforts for this initial neighborhood begin taking shape, additional neighborhoods will be added to the initiative.
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The Initiative will begin with a series of public meetings with residents, business owners, and property owners and other neighborhood groups or organization within the neighborhood. These public meetings will be opportunities for City staff to have a conversation with the neighborhood and gather their input about their vision for the neighborhood, current successes and current challenges. Following the initial public visioning meeting, staff will begin to compile information and form smaller committees, made up of neighborhood representatives for further discussion on the improvement efforts and their execution. Additional area input meetings and updates will also be conducted with the neighborhood, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council to discuss progress.
Following the public engagement process, staff will begin development of any needed ordinances, programs and/or other elements needed for program implementation.
Those wishing to receive updates on the City’s neighborhood revitalization efforts can sign up through the City of Wichita Falls’ Notify Me page to receive email updates or contact the City of Wichita Falls Planning Division at (940) 761-7451 email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or input.
In addition to the public engagement meeting, a short, online questionnaire is also available for those who live and/or own property and businesses in the area to provide their input. Those wishing to take the survey can click here.