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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 8.17 Chapter 8 City Center Concept Plan Policy 3 Involve the Public in City Center Decisions C3.1 The City should encourage the creation of a City Center Association. People that live work and own businesses or property in the City Center should have a voice in decisions that the City makes that affect this area of Melissa. The creation of an association that can represent the interests of the people with interest in the City Center would be mutually beneficial it would give City Center representatives the advantage of having their needs and concerns heard and it would give City representatives a recognized group to which to listen. The creation of a City Center Association would also help people acknowledge the City Center as a whole instead of the separate parts e.g. Town Center Old Town. The City Center Association could be surveyed for input on City expenditures i.e. which seed projects would be most helpful to development efforts City-sponsored area events future regulatory efforts and future planning efforts. Policy 4 Consider Zoning Requirements and Standards Zoning is perhaps the strongest regulatory tool a municipality has to implement its vision. The vision for the City Center put forth within this chapter will need support through zoning regulations. C4.1 The City should review and amend if necessary current zoning regulations. Development standards within the Zoning Ordinance should be reviewed in relation to the following o Building materials These requirements should likely be different for the Town Center and Old Town to reflect the unique character of each area. The Town Center buildings should be primarily masonry have faade offsets have a certain height requirement e.g. minimum two-story adjacent to the Town Hall area etc. o Signage These requirements should consider attached signs require only monument signs no pole signs require pedestrian-oriented signs etc. o Landscaping There should be a minimum requirement in the front yard and then possibly a requirement in relation to pedestrian amenities. o Outdoor dining A requirement for this for restaurants should be considered. o Setbacks Possibly minimal to no setback requirement for buildings except along SH 5. o Parking Require behind the building or generally not where pedestrian access is provided. o Pedestrian and bicycle considerations Requirements for amenities such as off-street trails through developments sidewalks connectivity to adjacent development and bicycle racks. Current Historic Overlay District requirements should be reviewed and amended if necessary to reflect the concepts and policies for the Old Town area discussed herein.