CIP projects involve major construction or acquisition and are long-term investments rather than day-to-day operating expenses. Each year, the City adopts a new five-year plan to identify needed capital projects and to coordinate financing and timing.
Qualifying CIP projects include:
- Construction of buildings, or facilities; including design, engineering, and other preconstruction costs with an estimated total cost in excess of $25,000
- Purchase of major equipment and vehicles, other than office and data processing equipment, valued in excess of $25,000 with a life expectancy of 15 years or more
- Major equipment and furnishings for new or renovated buildings
- Acquisition or purchase of land or other property
- Studies pertaining to capital improvements that require the employment of outside professional consultants at a cost in excess of $25,000
City staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission use citizen suggestions to help develop and prioritize recommendations to the City Manager. The City Manager then forwards a recommendation to the City Council for final approval in the spring of 2013.
The 2012-2016 CIP included over $14 million in water improvements, $13 million in wastewater improvements and $9.8 million in other planned improvement such a streets, parks and facilities.
Members of the public are also welcome to attend a public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission held in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2012.
Send your comments or questions to:
Planning and Development Services
555 Walnut Street, Room 100 P.O. Box 60 Abilene, TX 79604-0060
Phone: (325) 676-6237 or Fax: (325) 676-6242
2013 CIP PROGRAM SCHEDULE
October 10 to October 31: Request to citizens for project suggestions Deadline for Citizen Survey
November 5: Public hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission to obtain citizen input
November 5 to December 14: City Departments prepare Project Sheets and Priority Lists
December 14: Deadline for all completed Projects Sheets and Priority Lists
January 2 to January 25: Departments meet to develop consensus on project priorities
February 4: Preliminary report to the Planning and Zoning Commission
March 4 & March 18: Public Hearing at Planning and Zoning (*See Note 1 below) Commission; Planning and Zoning Commission makes recommendation to City Manager
March 4 to March 18: City Manager develops final recommendation
May 9: Staff Presentation of 5year CIP to City Council
May 23: Public Hearing and final action by City Council
June to August: Certificate of Obligation and Bond Sale
*Note 1: This second meeting is optional. If the Planning and Zoning Commission is able to make a formal recommendation on 03/04/13 this meeting may be cancelled.
All proposed meeting dates are subject to change. Please consult the City Web site and meeting notice posted at City Hall for the most current meeting dates and times. For more information visit: www.abilenetx.com/planningservices/cippage.htm or use the QR code below.