Vision Statement

A vision for the future of Pharr is essential for effective comprehensive planning and implementation.  In order to create a shared vision of the future, the plan development process involved city leaders and citizens in identifying issues, determining the assets and challenges of the community, and preparing goals and objectives that will define that future.  The Steering Committee, appointed by the Mayor and City Commission, developed its goals and objectives for the future of the community based upon the input from the community forum and their knowledge of the community, past, present and future
Is characterized by livable neighborhoods and quality schools
Ensures quality activities, services, and opportunities
Is committed to sustainability by balancing needs with resources
Is recognized for the quality of its built environment
Ensures adequate infrastructure and transportation systems
Embraces sound and viable economic development, and
Is known for well-managed growth

Land Use Policies

Policies serve as a guide for decision-making and the development of goals and objectives for the City of Pharr.  They serve as a reference for planning officials and city staff, and should be utilized when making decisions regarding future development within the City.  Particularly, policies should be utilized in implementing goals, objectives, and actions, and in reviewing zoning classification changes or amendments to the land use plan.  The following policies were considered important by the Steering Committee in the development of land use considerations

In General

Potential land use impacts should be considered (noise, odor, pollution, excessive light, traffic, etc.)
Neighboring land uses should not detract from the enjoyment or value of properties.
Transportation access and circulation should be provided for uses that generate large numbers of trips.
Maintain compatibility with existing uses.
Floodplain areas should not be encroached upon by future development unless there is compliance with stringent floodplain management practices.
Airport land use compatibility requires that noise sensitive uses and height.
Obstructions should be avoided in the airport environs.
Environmentally sensitive areas should be protected, including wildlife habitat areas and topographically constrained areas within the floodplain.
Residential areas should not be next to industrial areas.
Houses should have direct access to residential streets but not to primary streets.
Houses should not be adjacent to the expressway.
Residential and commercial areas may be adjacent if separated by a buffer.
Neighborhoods should be buffered from primary streets.
Residential developments should include adequate area for parks and recreation facilities, schools and churches.
Mobile homes and multi-family units should be located at sites throughout the city and not concentrated in one location.

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Include a mixture of shopping malls, commercial strip centers, freestanding commercial sites (restaurants and gasoline stations), and neighborhood stores.
Large commercial centers should be located along major thoroughfares that are designed and constructed to accommodate heavy traffic.
Downtown should be the major focus of office, retail and service activities.
Should be concentrated in nodes along major thoroughfares and intersections.
Parcels should be large enough to accommodate commercial use.
Buffers should separate commercial and residential areas.
Appropriately designed commercial uses may be developed in the floodplain.
Should be clustered throughout the city and convenient to residential areas.
Locate neighborhood commercial uses at intersections of arterial or collector streets.

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Good access to truck routes, hazardous material routes and railroads.
Should be targeted in selected industrial development areas.
Should have good access to primary streets and the expressway.
Should be separated from other uses by buffers.
Should not be directly adjacent to residential areas.
Appropriately designed industrial uses may be developed in the floodplain.

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Parks and Open Space

Parks should be evenly dispersed throughout the city and include larger community parks and smaller neighborhood parks.
There should be linkages between parks, schools, employment centers and residential areas.
Parks are a desirable use for floodplain areas.
Parks and open space may be used to buffer incompatible land uses.
Use natural features as buffers or open space.

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Community Facilities

Should be located adjacent to major streets to accommodate traffic.
Should be centrally located in easily accessible areas within the community.
Downtown should be enhanced s a civic and cultural entertainment/tourism center.
Should be well buffered from nearby residential areas.

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