Capital Improvement Plan
How is the CIP Developed?
Development of the CIP consists of the input from the City’s long range planning documents, such as:
- Comprehensive Plan – this is the central planning document, provided by the Planning and Zoning Department, that projects the City’s physical and population growth. Working in unison with departmental planning documents.
- Traffic Thoroughfare Plan – this report is designed to identify traffic mobility improvements.
- Water Master Plan and Sewer Master Plan – these plans identify critical supply and collection infrastructure expansion.
Additional planning documents include:
- Drainage Master Plan
- Long Range Facilities Master Plan (in the future)
- Parks Master Plan and the Trails Master Plan
The City also invests in asset management tools such as the Streets Pavement Condition Assessment which identifies and prioritizes street repair/replacement. Along with multiple in-house equipment and facility condition assessments, and operations and maintenance documented operational concerns.
All of these documents and assessments are crucial pieces that help identify future infrastructure to meet the community needs. This toolkit is what we use to provide short, mid, and long-term (5 or more years) needs for identification and “strategic” project planning.
Why is the CIP Important?
The City of Pearland CIP is designed to enhance our overall quality of life. These planned capital improvement projects improve our infrastructure including the streets we drive on, water we drink, libraries we visit, and parks we take our kids to play.
The CIP is a multiple year forecast of the capital needs of the City. A capital need includes various project types such as:
CIP - Is it a simple process?
No. Executing the CIP portfolio is complex in nature due to the size, volume, various funding sources, project types and delivery methods. There are many competing priorities. Implementation of CIP is based on the City's adopted General Budget and applicable community plans.
Is every project a CIP?
Every project is not a CIP. The CIP descriptions clearly establish that a project is capital in nature. What makes it capital in nature is the construction, purchase, or major renovation of buildings, utility systems, and other facilities; in addition to land acquisition and roadway projects. All capital projects are clearly represented by a City department and categorized by project type and improvement type. Project types provide a categorized breakdown of the type of facility being constructed or improved. Improvement types may be identified as providing betterment, expansion, replacement or widening of an existing City asset or the project may result in a new asset to the City. For example: replacement of a pipeline, street expansion, or construction of a new park.
How are projects selected and prioritized?
Per the City Charter, the Commission must submit a list of recommendations for capital improvements to the City Manager prior to the beginning of the budget year, which starts October 1. During this process, the Commission reviews potential projects and decides which projects are desirable and needed. The list includes those projects that the Commission deems are necessary or desirable to be constructed during the next 5 years and is arranged in order of preference, with recommendations as to which projects shall be constructed in which year.