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Recent Plans and Studies
CORPUS CHRISTI SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
In the face of difficult economic times and diminished City budgets, the availability of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the Department of Energy in 2009 represented a rare opportunity to conduct proactive planning. The creation of the City of Corpus Christi’s first Integrated Community Sustainability Plan was a data-driven process conducted by an interdisciplinary team of technical specialists with input from City decision makers and community stakeholders at every step. LEARN MORE
NORTH BEACH DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Corpus Christi Beach Development Plan (Map & Text) is an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. The Corpus Christi Beach Development Plan was adopted on November 15, 2011 and replaces the North Central Area Development Plan. The new plan addresses future land use, zoning, redevelopment, and key city service policies, and provides a list of high priority projects for the area. LEARN MORE
JOINT LAND USE STUDY
The Navy has recommended that the City conduct a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) as a follow up to the Navy’s Air Installation Compatibility Use Zone Study. The study will be a Specific Plan within the Comprehensive Plan. LEARN MORE
A JOINT EROSION RESPONSE PLAN (ERP) FOR NUECES COUNTY AND THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
Chapter 15 of the Texas Natural Resources code encourages local governments that contain Gulf of Mexico public or private beaches to prepare an Erosion Response Plan for submittal to the Texas General Land Office. A Draft Joint Nueces County Erosion Response Plan was submitted to the TXGLO in June 2012. After approval by the Texas General Land Office the Erosion Response Plan became a rule of law on February 26, 2013. LEARN MORE.
ADA MASTER PLAN
The purpose of the City of Corpus Christi ADA Master Plan is to continue the progress that has been completed in the City’s ADA Transition Plan for the long-range planning, prioritization, construction, and maintenance of future pedestrian infrastructure improvements. LEARN MORE
The Plan Approval Process - The Comprehensive Planning process is a means through which citizens and community leaders guide community development. The Plan is prepared by city staff and reviewed by the Planning Commission at as many public hearings as is necessary for approval. The proposed plan is then forwarded to City Council for additional public hearings and final approval. State law and the City Charter require Comprehensive Plans to be approved and adopted as ordinances by the City Council. After adoption, future city improvements, ordinances and regulations approved by City Council must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
The Corpus Christi Policy Statements provide an overall guiding philosophy or concept for the rest of the Comprehensive Plan. The policies are not static or unchangeable and from time to time the findings contained in the other elements of the Comprehensive Plan will suggest additions or changes to the policies. LEARN MORE
Master Plans typically address citywide planning issues and / or highly technical services planning. Master Plans follow the overall policies expressed in the Corpus Christi Policy Statements but contain greater specificity than the Policy Statements. LEARN MORE
Area Development Plans and Other Plans and Studies also contain more focused and direct recommendations for areas within the community. These plans are very effective vehicles for obtaining neighborhood input and identifying specific policy changes to future land use and transportation plans. The future land use and transportation plans contained in the Area Development Plans have been incorporated / superseded by the Master Plan for Future Land Use and the Master Plan for the Urban Transportation Plan. However, the policy statements in the Area Plans are still valid.
The Comprehensive Plan mandated by the City Charter, consists of a series of plans that provide the public and private sectors with a guideline for future development. The geographic scope of the Comprehensive Plan includes the City Limits and land five miles outward, known as the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The plan elements are graphically illustrated above. A key principle of the planning process is the inclusion of public input and periodic review and updating of plan elements. Illustrated below are the comprehensive plan elements and their relationship to public participation and various implementing tools. LEARN MORE