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George Washington (1796)
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should
be our motto."
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
ON THIS PAGE:
- Lewisville Old Town Design Plans
- 05-11-2009: Urban Design Charrette - A week
- 08-21-2009: Discussion of Preliminary Concepts for Old Town Transit-Oriented Development, Mill Street, and Old Town Plaza.
- 01-25-2010: Approval of the Old Town Plaza Conceptual Design.
- 10-18-2010: Discussion and Vote of Old Town
Transit Oriented Development Plan and Mill Street Corridor
- 04-15-2013: 2012 Lewisville Parks, Recreation & Open Space Vision Plan.
- APOLOGIES: there are a lot more in the design phases since 2010.
When I get a chance to scan and import, I will add them to this page.
Lewisville Old Town Design Plans
05-11-2009: Urban Design Charrette.
May 11-15, 2009. This is a
week long process.
Design Charrette: May 11 to May 15, 2009
Community Workshop: May 14, 2009 7:00PM
Community Open House: May 15, 2009 4:00-6:00PM
What is a Charrette?
A Charrette is a brief but intense
design workshop in which stakeholders and interested citizens are
invited to contribute to the work of an interdisciplinary team of
urbanists during the earliest stages of design and planning.
Who are the Stakeholders?
Stakeholders are the citizens and businesses in Lewisville (within the specific
Overview / Outline:
This week long process is open to
everyone all day on the third floor of City Hall. You are encouraged to attend when you can. Ask
questions, attend the scheduled sessions and give input. There are
specific presentations planned that you can see in the Agenda. Though out
the week, the designers will develop a number of concepts to present at the end
of the week. Be involved!
This is a fast paced design process.
To learn more, please see the following pages to understand what is happening
(click Back and Next at the bottom of pages):
08-21-2009: Lewisville City Council Called Special Meeting: Discussion of Preliminary Concepts for
Old Town Transit-Oriented Development,
Mill Street, and Old Town Plaza. The Discussion is an open meeting.
Download the Agenda and the slide presentation. The PDF file is large at
about 25 MB, please Right Click and Save it on your
computer to view -
City Online version or the
When and Where:
August 24, 2009
Lewisville City Hall -
City Council Conference Room
151 West Church Street;
Lewisville, Texas 75057
My First Thoughts: I went to the Public Design
Charrette meetings (see entry 05-11-2009) and I
went to the final day with the designs where they were asking for input from
the public. Most of what I saw is in this slide presentation for the
City council plus a lot more. Please note that Photos in the
presentation are just examples from other projects of what could be.
The drawings are probably more realistic as they are a rendition of
I am looking forward to the presentation. If you attend this
meeting, you will be hearing it like I am. However, here
are my first thoughts on each project.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Redevelopment Urban
Design Plan (starting on slide 2 of the presentation, page 4/119 of the
PDF). Not much comment, however, here is a list of the slides that
slide 9: suggested areas likely to redevelop
slides 16-24: the cross sections of the streets and how they
will be expanded or rebuilt. You may also notice the multi-story
possibilities when or if redeveloped.
Mill St Urban Design and Landscape Improvements Plan
(starting on slide 35 of the presentation, page 37/119 of the PDF).
The area is grouped into two sections: South & North.
There are two basic concepts for the North Section:
Slides 60 & 61: A photo of the present and the artist
rendering of the possible future. (I watched the artist work on this
during the Charrette and it was impressive how he transformed the image.
Note that the auto parts store is a bakery and cafe in the drawing.)
Town Plaza and Pedestrian Improvements (starting on
slide 68 of the presentation, page 70/119 of the PDF). Any of the
options can be included in any concept.
slide 76: there are three concepts presented in this
section but a combination of features can be changed.
Concept 1: slides 86 & 89: There is a water
canal and it flows to the far end and gets pumped back to the other end.
very nice looking.
Concept 2: slides 97 & 100: It is more open and
roomy for events. I like the water wall and stage where the water can
be turned off and be used as a stage or movie screen. The water Pop
Jet Fountain is always a kids favorite. I think that this layout will
be great for events.
Concept 3: slides 106 & 109: more water and less
land use. It is nice looking but seems less practical than the
other two concepts.
01-25-2010: Approval of the Old Town Plaza Conceptual Design.
Take a look at the drawings in the Agenda pages 66 to 166 of
Long version. The designs start on page 136.
10-18-2010: Discussion and Vote
Discussion of Old Town Transit Oriented Development Plan and
Mill Street Corridor. This is the next phase in the old
revitalization process as covered from the
Old Town Design Charrette. This presentation has slides in the
Long version with backup material
on pages 8 thru 33.
Item 2. Approval of a Resolution Adopting the Old Town Transit
Oriented Development Plan and Conceptual Designs for the Mill Street
Corridor Including Various Alternatives to be Decided During the
Design Development Phase. The background material on this item
is in the
Long version with backup material
on pages 45 thru 159.
2012 Lewisville Parks, Recreation & Open Space Vision Plan.
Read the first two pages of this PDF. You will notice
that there is an estimate of the costs then the memo says this is removed -
for now. It will have to be paid for some day and how much will that
Then review the ideas developed on the following pages
of the PDF..