Allen Downtown Steering Committee
The Downtown Steering Committee was appointed by Mayor Ken Fulk and Allen City Council to develop a vision and plan to revitalize the heart of Allen. The work plan will include research, community feedback and team collaboration to create a workable vision for downtown that can be implemented. If you have questions or comments for the committee, please submit a contact request form.
The Downtown Steering Committee includes five subcommittee teams comprised of existing Downtown Steering Committee members.
Meetings and agendas
The Downtown Steering Committee and subcommittees kicked off their work on June 30 with a proposed timeline of 12-15 months to complete recommendations to present to Council.
The committee and subcommittees will meet regularly at various times, days and locations over the course of the year. Meeting notices are posted 72 hours prior to each meeting on the City meeting notice calendar.
- Sign up for NotifyMe to receive meeting notices that include a link to the agenda
- Meeting minutes are available on the Downtown Planning Project page.
Updates on downtown planning
Follow the progress of planning for downtown Allen on the Downtown Planning Projects page.
Contact Community Development Director Marc Kurbansade at 214.509.4162 for more information.
|Tommy Baril (Chair)||Finance and Economic Development|
|Murry McKenzie (Vice Chair)||Community Outreach Practices|
|Bob Acker||Ownership and Zoning|
|Austin Bassil||Learning from Other Communities|
|Doug Galletti||Learning from Other Communities|
|Ted Gould||Ownership and Zoning|
|Stacey Greer||Finance and Economic Development|
|Marcelle Jones||Ownership and Zoning|
|Alyssa Schnick||Community Outreach Practices|
|Janet Sherlip||Finance and Economic Development|
|Ana Sutter||Community Use|
|Mary Vail-Grube||Learning from Other Communities|
|Gregg Watling||Community Use|
|Chris Schulmeister||Ex-Officio Member|
|Dave Cornette||Ex-Officio Member|
Links to minutes, reports and presentations will be made available below as subcommittee work gets underway.
Ownership and Zoning
Team charge: Identify existing boundaries of Allen's original downtown area, historical districts and overall Central Business District. Document all zoning, preservation and development standards for these areas as well as identify and review existing infrastructure (roads, utilities, parking, etc.).
Finance and Economic Development
Team charge: Analyze downtown Allen's current economic impact. Identify financial resources and/or incentives (e.g. grants, downtown designations, existing funds) to encourage downtown development or which can be used to develop public amenities in the old downtown area.
Team charge: Identify all existing community activities that occur in the downtown area. Develop a list of potential future community activities that could be organized and available to the public within the next two years (and identify groups who would host those activities).
Learning from Other Communities
Team charge: Visit nearby redeveloped downtown areas of similar size to determine what is desired and manageable for Allen's downtown. Identify community activities occurring in those downtowns (i.e. McKinney's Oktoberfest). Research may include cities outside North Texas.
Community Outreach Practices
Team charge: Develop procedures and processes for the direction, timing and tasks of community outreach as part of Phase Two, which includes working with City management to select a consultant to assist with the outreach process to include residents, business owners, landowners and developers.