Downtown Master Plan

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Downtown Master Plan - Aerial Photo of Downtown Nacogdoches at Dusk

The Downtown Master Plan is a major effort to consider recent growth, current trends, and best practices, and to define updates to the city’s policies to guide the next 20-30 years. The city is committed to updating its policies to address the issues of today and prepare for those that may arise. The process is an opportunity to consider the direction of the Downtown in light of current trends and community values and is an effort to proactively address topics that are important to you.

This plan will be a tool the community will use, to guide future growth in and around the Downtown in an appropriate and desired way, improving the quality of life of residents. They'll help plan growth over the years and guide our Downtown into the much needed improvements while maintaining its history and charm, which we all love. The process will result in the development of a new Downtown Master Plan.

 The process will last about 9-12 months and will include multiple opportunities for community input. The process will address topics important to you that will shape our Downtown for years to come. No one knows our Downtown like those who live, work, shop and play there. Share your ideas and feedback to ensure that the city’s direction represents the authentic voice of the community.


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The City of Nacogdoches hosted two public forums on June 7th and 8th to explain how this process will work as it moves forward. City staff shared information to the purpose of these plans, and where we are in the planning process with our leaders, and attending community members had the opportunity to ask questions about these studies. The attendance at the meetings drew approximately 165 and 155 people each evening respectively.

Once the project officially kicks off we will have a series of public engagement activities at locations throughout Nacogdoches to gather your thoughts and concerns about the community's land use and transportation growth patterns. The fun, informative format will encourage you to share ideas at a session most convenient to your schedule. We will announce the times and locations once we begin the process.


  • Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee - City staff is proposing that a steering committee be appointed for the Downtown Master Plan. This committee is intended to be a diverse group of residents appointed to serve as community advocates for the plan, to provide guidance and direction regarding the process and substance, and to serve as stewards of the plan once completed. The committee may consist of representatives from City Council, from the Planning & Zoning Commission, and citizen representatives. If you are interested in serving on this committee, or know citizens that might be interested in applying please direct them to this link: **The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, June 25th at 5:00pm.**  
  • Stakeholders - Various stakeholder groups will be convened to inform specific aspects of the vision. These groups include business leaders, neighborhood associations, real estate professionals and developers, education professionals, students, and young professionals, among others.
  • Public - Community participation is vital to Downtown Master Plan success. Various in-person workshops and online tools will offer more ways for the community to give input throughout the process.
  • City Staff - City staff will support and help coordinate the work of all other groups and their local knowledge and expertise.
  • Elected officials - The mayor and council will monitor the process and the resulting community vision, recognizing that success should be independent of the city’s elected leadership.
  • Consultants - The City will select a consultant to facilitate the process and share their experience from working with other successful communities.



For questions regarding the Downtown Master Plan process, contact Jessica Sowell, Historic Sites & Main Street Manager at 936-560-4441 or

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