Bell Blvd. Character Poll Results

About the Poll

Following the Bell Boulevard Public Meeting on November 14, the public was invited to participate in an online poll to provide input on the design and development style of the core redevelopment area on Bell Boulevard between Park Street and Buttercup Creek Blvd.

Please click on the links below to view the results in each category. If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to share more with us at BellBlvd@cedarparktexas.gov.

Where respondents live in relation to the Bell Blvd. area

Inside the City of Cedar Park 44%
Within 1 mile of the Master Plan Study Area 37%
Within the Bell Blvd. Master Plan Study Area 7%
Outside the City of Cedar Park 7%
Other 1%

Photo Preference Questions

Participants were asked to review and provide feedback on images presented in six design topics: Building Shape, Building Face, Gathering Places, Pedestrian Area, Screening and Branding. Participants reviewed each photo and selected from five answer choices: Like, Somewhat Like, Neutral, Somewhat Don’t Like and Don’t Like. To score the data, a point value was assigned to each answer choice ranging from 5 for Like and 1 for Don’t Like. The number of ★★★ represent the average score for each photo. For each photo, roughly 1% of participants provided additional commentary to supplement their answer choice. Click on the category below to see the ranking of each photo. Each photo also includes a quote from the additional commentary. The quote is not representative of every respondent, it is just a sentiment shared by one participant. If you would like to view all of the comments, please download the raw date in the form of an excel document.

Building Shape

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Building Face

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Gathering Places

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Pedestrian Area

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Screening

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Branding

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Building Shape

The images of ground level pedestrian experience were the most liked images for the Building Shape category. The design principles must prioritize the quality of the ground floor building shape with architectural details such as shaded walkways, articulated entry ways and stepped back upper-stories.

Naperville, Illinois
★★★★¼

Very pedestrian friendly. I like the use of awnings and landscaping scaled for the pedestrian user. – Survey Respondent

Austin, Texas
★★★¾

Nice shade and visual interest. – Survey Respondent

Phoenix, Arizona
★★★½

I love the wide walkways, the awnings and shade coverings and the fact that cars aren’t parked all over the place. – Survey Respondent

The Woodlands
★★★½

I’m not sure this is a good photo of the Woodlands. I think something similar to the Woodlands would be appropriate. – Survey Respondent

Woodstock, Georgia
★★★½

The mix of architecture is interesting.  But I think larger balconies are needed on some of the above units. This look mixes old with new. You could mix ole Texas with new Texas. – Survey Respondent

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Building Face

Many participants liked the look of large glass facades with brick and metal accents. Participants favored contemporary facades with warm accents and did not like the urban look of repeating windows and balconies.

Austin, Texas
★★★★¼

I love all of the glass at the ground level, great connection from street to store. – Survey Respondent

Austin, Texas
★★★¾

Nice to see masonry mixed in with glass at ground level. – Survey Respondent

Los Angeles, California
★★★½

High visibility on upper levels adds to feeling of interconnectedness. – Survey Respondent

Henderson, Nevada
★★★½

I would prefer to see durable materials used at the ground floor (masonry, stone, glass) rather than stucco.- Survey Respondent

Addison, Texas
★★★

I like the use of the porches but I think the brick color is throwing to dislike it. – Survey Respondent

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Gathering Places

Participants were drawn to the photo of the patio overlooking the creek at the Watters Creek development in Allen, Texas. Participants also like the image of Mueller in Austin Texas which shows a walking path and natural feature with a mixed use urban development visible in the background.  The design principles should emphasize highly programmed and publicly accessible spaces that include a balance of active and passive recreation.

Allen, Texas
★★★★½

This looks like the kind of space where you could pull out a book and read, or open your laptop and do some work. – Survey Respondent

Austin, Texas
★★★★¼

I think this is beautiful, but it kind of gives too much space — I want our community to come together! I want to know my neighbors! We have parks with wide open spaces (Milburn)- now give us community! – Survey Respondent

San Antonio, Texas
★★★★¼

Love the water play feature! Families would enjoy it in the summer perhaps after some shopping. – Survey Respondent

Henderson, Nevada
★★★¾

Looks great– I could see attending a festival here! – Survey Respondent

Asheville, North Carolina
★★★¾

Love the idea of outdoor games. The string lights are pretty and lots of trees are great for shade. – Survey Respondent

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Pedestrian Area

Participants were drawn to the photo of the patio overlooking the creek at the Watters Creek development in Allen, Texas. Participants also like the image of Mueller in Austin Texas which shows a walking path and natural feature with a mixed use urban development visible in the background.  The design principles should emphasize highly programmed and publicly accessible spaces that include a balance of active and passive recreation.

Austin, Texas
★★★★¼

I like the buffer of the trees and planting areas between pedestrians and cars. – Survey Respondent

Denver, Colorado
★★★★

I moved here from Colorado Springs and LOVE this area of Denver with the wide pedestrian area, minimal cars, and sidewalk covered dining. The awnings and umbrellas make it a pleasant place to be out of the sun! – Survey Respondent

Austin, Texas
★★★★

Planting buffers between cars and pedestrians/buildings are essential to keep the area looking nice and feeling cooler! – Survey Respondent

Toronto, Canada
★★★★

Separate between sidewalk and vehicle through street not only provides safety and landscaping, but additional seating!  That’s just good planning! – Survey Respondent

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Screening

Participants liked images where landscape screening was used to hide utilities and parking areas. Participants did not image that showed exposed parking garages. The design principles should emphasize parking garages completely wrapped in residential or retail facades or heavily screened with landscaping.

Asheville, North Carolina
★★★★¼

A beautiful parking lot! – Survey Respondent

Austin, Texas
★★★★¼

I moved here from Colorado Springs and LOVE this area of Denver with the wide pedestrian area, minimal cars, and sidewalk covered dining. The awnings and umbrellas make it a pleasant place to be out of the sun! – Survey Respondent

Aspen, Colorado
★★★★¼

Planting buffers between cars and pedestrians/buildings are essential to keep the area looking nice and feeling cooler! – Survey Respondent

Greenville, South Carolina
★★★★

Separate between sidewalk and vehicle through street not only provides safety and landscaping, but additional seating!  That’s just good planning! – Survey Respondent

Branding

Participants liked the picture of the string lights over the road in Frisco, Texas and the overhead entry sign into the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, Texas. Participants favored unique, context sensitive signage and branding elements over signage that looked generic or corporate. Design Principles should emphasize context sensitive signage and branding with character unique to the Texas Hill Country.

Frisco, Texas | ★★★★½

This lighting is fun and encourages night usage. – Survey Respondent

San Antonio, Texas | ★★★★

Since we are making something new here, this will help people to know they have arrived. – Survey Respondent

Midtown Houston, Texas | ★★★½

People love cool places to take social media pictures. having cool landmarks or signs would be very cool for younger generations. – Survey Respondent

Bastrop, Texas | ★★★½

Appropriate design for the area (rustic/hill country/small town). – Survey Respondent

Henderson, Nevada | ★★★½

I like the idea of art in public spaces.  Although I think the artwork should follow a similar pattern/style/form/function if it part of a branding theme. – Survey Respondent

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Sustainability Questions

The next three questions asked participants to indicate their support for sustainable development within the Bell Boulevard District on a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being very supportive.

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Participants were overwhelmingly supportive of low-cost sustainability measures such as recycling, rainwater harvesting and energy efficient appliances with an average score of 4.42.

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Participants were supportive of higher-cost sustainability measures such as sourcing alternative energy like wind and solar or obtaining LEED Platinum certification for buildings with an average score of 4.07.

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The third question asked participants to indicate their support for requiring (5), encouraging (2.5) or not requiring (1) sustainability measures. The average score for all participants was 3.83.

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Destination Ideas

The next question asked respondents to share ideas for future destinations in the Bell Boulevard District. The question included a few examples of ideas shared by the public in previous public meetings such as Food Hall, Theater, Library, Museum, Amphitheater, Farmer’s Market, Performing Arts Center/Special Events Center. The following is a list of the 25 most common ideas shared by participants (not including the example ideas provided).

Dog Park

Splash Pad

Food Truck Park

Bars & Restaurants

Live Music Venue

Playground

Coffee Shops

Outdoor Game Area

Dog Friendly Places

Community Garden

Sidewalk Cafe

Bocce Ball Courts

Skate Park

Botanical Garden

Outdoor Dining Area

Green Spaces

Food Truck Park

Skating Rink

Recreation Center

Art Gallery

Local Shops

Outdoor Play Areas

Community Center

Sand Volleyball Courts

Brewery

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Future Identity Question

The next question asked participants to provide adjectives that they would like to use to describe Bell Boulevard in the future. The following is a list of the 25 most common adjectives shared by participants.

Friendly

Fun

Family

Clean

Safe

Inviting

Modern

Accessible

Unique

Beautiful

Welcoming

Green

Walkable

Relaxing

Vibrant

Easy

Attractive

Comfortable

Convenient

Local

Open

Natural

Pedestrian

Sustainable

Quaint

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Additional Comments

The last question asked respondents to provide additional comments. 411 participants or 41% of poll respondents provided additional comments that included additional examples of similar developments in other cities, ideas for programming, excitement for the project as well as concerns about costs and increased traffic. To view the additional comments, download the raw data as an excel file and review in more detail. If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to share more with us at BellBlvd@cedarparktexas.gov.