Residents React To Andrews Growth Plan

Residents React To Andrews Growth Plan

Planning and Zoning recommends plan to be voted on by City Council in an upcoming meeting
ANDREWS -- The Andrews Planning and Zoning Committee brought in The Freese and Nichols Firm from Fort Worth to help the city plan for it's future and growth.
Monday night, the plan was presented to the committee and the city, and residents had a chance to voice their opinions on the topic.

Between nuclear investments and the current oil boom, Andrews is in a period of serious economic growth.

To that end, the city has put together a comprehensive plan.

They brought in Freese and Nichols to help with the plan.

Dan Sefco with the firm sees great potential in Andrews.

"I think this is a great town with a great heritage. It's been around for a long time," Sefco said.

The plan included the annexation of four seperate tracts of land that would quadruple the size of the city, and include new residential, commercial and open districts.

It also included plans for a playa lake, an amphitheatre, and new downtown housing.

Julia Wallace, with the Andrews Chamber of Commerce says this plan will be great for the city.

"You know, cities really need some direction and zoning, good zoning. It just makes a big difference in how the community develops. I think it's a great idea that the city is moving forward with this plan and that we have some direction," Wallace said.

After hearing the plan and seeing the presentation, the Planning and Zoning Committee did recommend the plan to be voted on at a future city council meeting. 

However, there were some concerns from residents in the audience.

Many of those concerns came from county residents who did not want to be forcibly annexed into the city.

The Planning and Zoning Committee, along with Sefko, did assure them that this was a voluntary annexation.

One woman told us she enjoys that lifestyle and doesn't want to see neighbors encroaching on her land.

"I just don't want people living right on top of me," she said.

She said maybe one day in the future she may change her mind, but for now, she and many people want to be sure they will remain part of the Andrews community but not necessarily the city.

After the meeting, we were told the council meeting where the plan will be voted on will either be their next meeting, which is Thursday, May 23, or the one following. 

It's also important to note this plan is a road map: a living entity that can change as needed.

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