NEWS AND UPDATES

NEWS AND UPDATES

News and Updates

March 10, 2022
An informational document about residential options for the city’s three downtown mixed-use districts is now available for downloadRound Rock 2030 includes implementation strategies to facilitate a mixture of residential development types throughout the city. Specifically for downtown, the goal is to develop a minimum of 1,000 dwelling units within one-quarter mile of Main Street. The document serves to provide a summary of permitted residential uses in the three mixed-use districts in downtown. 

November 18, 2021
The Round Rock 2030 Annual Report for 2020-2021 is now available for download. This report serves as an annual update on progress on the implementation of Round Rock 2030’s vision and policies. Implementation progress from adoption (June 24, 2020) to the end of FY2021 (September 30, 2021). 

The Annual Report was presented to City Council on November 18, 2021. The presentation video is available on Round Rock Replay.

November 3, 2021
The City of Round Rock was awarded two of the state’s highest planning honors today at the 2021 Texas Annual Planning Conference in Fort Worth.

The American Planning Association (APA) Texas Chapter named Round Rock 2030, the City’s comprehensive plan, the best Comprehensive Plan in the state. Round Rock also received the Community of the Year Award. 

“Round Rock 2030 is an original and visionary comprehensive plan that was written in-house and reflects the wants and needs of a rapidly growing community,” according to the organization’s website. “In particular, the development of the plan’s ‘Vision and Policies’ section broadened citizens’ understanding of planning principles.”

The two-year-long public engagement process resulted in 12 planning policies that include actions to implement the Round Rock 2030 vision, which is that Round Rock is a safe, desirable, family-oriented community that balances progress and prosperity with its history, by prioritizing quality of life, mobility, economic development and thoughtful land use planning.

“To receive this statewide recognition, for both our Comprehensive Plan and our overall community planning efforts, speaks to the quality and dedication of the planning professionals we have here in Round Rock,” Director of Planning and Development Services Brad Wiseman said. “In terms of public engagement, Round Rock 2030 was above and beyond any major planning initiative we’ve done in the past, and helps ensure that our community will continue to be a great place to live for decades to come. I would like to thank all of our staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission, City Council, and the countless residents that took time out of their busy schedules to engage in this lengthy planning process. It is important to note that our staff was able to complete this plan without the assistance of outside consultants, and it would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Susan Brennan, Joelle Jordan and Nicole Haggerty.” 

The Awards Selection Committee evaluated nominees based on originality and innovation, engagement, implementation and effectiveness, quality and promotion of planning. The City received the Community of the Year award, due in part, to the community’s commitment to strong planning principles as embodied in Round Rock 2030. 

“These awards provide a great reminder to all Texans of the value sound planning practices bring in helping communities create unique places for everyone that many people love,” said Chance Sparks, AICP, President of APA-Texas. “Many of these planning efforts took place in the midst of a pandemic, and serve as great examples of the agility and innovation taking place at the local level to respond to the challenges revealed by the pandemic. They are a tribute to the alignment and dedication of communities, staff and elected & appointed officials in enhancing the quality of life of everyone.”

For more information, visit texas.planning.org.

October 1, 2021
The 2020 Census Release Report is now available for download. This report provides 2020 Census data compared to 2010 Census data for Round Rock. The Census establishes a baseline for the city’s population estimates and projections.

While data for Round Rock from the latest U.S. Census confirms that the city continues to be fast-growing, a closer look in the City’s recent Census Release Report reveals other interesting trends in the city’s demographic makeup.

Round Rock’s official population count totaled 119,468 for the 2020 Census, an increase of 19.6% over its previously recorded population of 99,887 in the 2010 Census.

Like many cities in Texas, Round Rock is growing more racially diverse; while the number of Round Rock residents who responded that they are only one race has decreased from 96.2% of the total population to 82.9% over the last 10 years, the number of people who are of two or more races increased from 3.8% to 17.1%. For the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau made improvements to the questions on race and Hispanic origin, also known as ethnicity. Almost one-third of Round Rock’s population self-identified as Hispanic or Latino in the 2020 Census.

In 2020, adults over the age of 18 make up a larger share of Round Rock’s total population than in 2010. The number of people under the age of 18 remained constant over the last decade, even as the city’s population grew, while the number of people over the age of 18 grew by 19,393.

The City of Round Rock also closely tracks housing and economic indicators to inform planning decisions. Over the last 10 years, 8,621 housing units were added, which included more variety of housing unit types, such as single-family common lot and higher density multifamily developments. Vacant housing units decreased from 5.8% of total inventory to 5%, demonstrating that the additional units were necessary to meet housing demand.

The Planning and Development Services Department generates monthly population estimates based on housing units, occupancy, and household size using the most recent Decennial Census as a baseline. For more information, visit the City’s Demographic and Census Information page.