Broadway (FM 518) Corridor Development Plan

 

One of the nine key strategies outlined in the Pearland 20/20 Community Strategic Plan is to optimize the development potential of Pearland’s principal commercial corridors, including the creation of a FM 518/Broadway master development plan. 

 

The Broadway Corridor Development Plan will focus on the segment of the corridor from SH 288 to SH 35 that coincides with the segment the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is planning to reconstruct and widen.  The main emphasis of the plan will be facilitating and planning for the impact of the proposed reconstruction that is expected to begin design in early 2020 once the current environmental study is completed.   The timing of the planning effort will provide the important and much needed evaluation of the impacts of the reconstruction, not only from a mobility perspective but also the impact of the widening on the existing businesses.   

 

The portion of FM518/Broadway to be included in the plan stretches 6.2 miles and the plan will contain sections on corridor aesthetics and development potential of certain target areas.  The plan will build upon the Strategic Plan as a long term guide and provide the refinement needed to ensure its “big picture” strategic actions are implemented.  By improving infrastructure and increasing development within the Corridor, the image and sense of place, market appeal, and overall value of the area can increase.
 

PEDC staff will work with consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Assocaites on developing the plan, and the scope of work includes:
 

  1. Meetings and Workshops – The consultant will facilitate multiple meetings, including:

  • Stakeholder Committee Workshops;

  • Agency Coordination meetings with TxDOT and other key agencies;

  • Community Open House meeting;

  • Online survey to collect public input; and

  • Interviews with key stakeholders.

 

  1. Background and Existing Conditions – The consultant will collect and compile information to review about the Corridor, including: GIS inventory, development regulations, environmental information, and economic conditions and trends. The consultant will also examine parcels that may now be, or become, non-confirming to the Development Code due to the roadway widening and provide zoning strategy recommendations as necessary.

 

  1. Road Reconstruction and Widening Impact Analysis – The consultant will look at the effects on individual properties by identifying various types of affected parcels within the Corridor by looking at:

  • Changes to Access;

  • Effects on landscaping and sidewalks;

  • Driveway access by business type/land use; and

  • Conformity with current land use regulations.


The consultant will also look at: drainage and detention capacities and potential locations for new detention, possible utility conflicts including potential to move electrical services underground, major intersection safety and efficiency, and parking considerations as some parcels may be left with limited space. 

 

  1. Concept Layouts of Target Areas – The consultant will develop conceptual layouts of certain target areas, in terms of their potential for reuse and/or redevelopment, and develop possible plan view layouts for each.  

 

  1. Veterans to Mykawa Connection Analysis - The City’s current thoroughfare plan has Veterans and Mykawa connecting at Broadway to provide a continuous route from the southern areas of Pearland to Beltway 8.  The consultant will perform a roadway analysis and safety analysis to look at the feasibility of the connection.

 

  1. Walnut Analysis – The Veterans to Mykawa connection impacts Walnut Street, as does the widening of Broadway. The consultant will assess this impact by looking at the roadway configuration, safety, property access, key intersections and the development potential for high value uses along Walnut between Mykawa and Broadway. 

 

  1. Final Corridor Development Plan – The consultant will tie all of the tasks into a final report, which will also include a review of the Unified Development Code along with any recommended changes for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to accommodate the plan. 

 

 

 

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