Weatherford Democrat

January 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 18, 2013

Weatherford Democrat

Planning ahead

Dear Editor,

It’s encouraging to read of city planning. Some former experiences may be helpful.

Who ever would have thought sleepy little Arlington would mushroom beyond 250,000 population? By the early 1980s, north and south traffic was impossible. Highway 360 was planned and built – it could almost accommodate its traffic.

In the 1990s, a manufacturer of ancillary medical supplies needed to expand. Corporate planning began, and a minor shareholder told the planners they needed to plan for at least 50 percent more space than originally planned. His rational: construction costs would be lower and leave room for later expansion. His suggestion was voted down and the addition completed. It was filled in nine months.

The planners get ahead. Walt Disney and his team planned before his death for completions in 2015.

Five years ahead isn’t enough – 10 is better. What growth in Weatherford and Parker County has occurred? Population. Development. Roads and traffic signals. What does the past 10 years’ growth suggest? Estimated water needs and waste disposals.

The developers in the area are looking ahead. From their plans, estimates can be made for the above, electrical energy and storm drains.

The new development near Trinity Meadows – a number of apartments, population, auto traffic, highway access and other facilities. What thought has been given to retaining or building green – oxygen production after dozed-down trees?

These are all concerns, and see, it’s not only Weatherford, but also Parker County’s cities.

Jerry Curda, Weatherford