Downtown Master Plan

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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.

DRAFT Downtown Vision Plan

The Downtown Advisory Committee (DTAC) voted on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 to endorse the Downtown Vision Plan DRAFT. This draft plan was completed after over 12 months of community outreach, committee conversations and in depth research on our Nacogdoches community. We are now entering the public outreach stage of the Master Planning process - this draft will be presented to many groups during the summer of 2023 before being presented to Nacogdoches City Council in late summer 2023. If you would like to read the full draft plan, click here. A full list of public presentations is available at

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  • Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee - Miles McCall - Head Chairman, Greg Williams - Vice Chairman, John Anderson, Jay Anderson, Perky Beisel, Brandi Cartwright, Laura Culpepper, Amelia Fischer, Anne Keenhen, G. W. Neal, Ramsey Parr, Suzanne Patterson, Chay Runnels, Evelyn Sauceda, Betty Shinn & Mario Torres
  • 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 - Jessica Sowell, Brian Bray, Tori Huddleston & Torrey Brown
  • Elected officials - Roy Boldon & Amelia Fischer (serving as members of the steering committee)
  • Consultants - DTJ Designs



For questions regarding the Downtown Master Plan process, contact Jessica Sowell, Community Services Assistant Director at 936-559-2940 or

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