Weatherford’s Transportation Advisory Board collected input from the public about its thoroughfare plan on Thursday evening at city hall.
The board is tasked with making recommendations for the plan that are to reflect changing conditions, needs and desires, Capital Transportation Projects Director Terry Hughes said during the meeting. The existing plan was adopted in 2013 by city council after a two-year process. The plan was updated in 2017 with input from the public.
Hughes discussed Weatherford’s general plan, adopted in January 2018, that determines land uses for certain areas, and he showed a map that distinguishes these areas in the city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction.
“What we learned from all of that was this community really wanted to keep a rural format, specifically in the adjacent areas to the city and in some cases even inside the city,” Hughes said.
Originally, the city planned to continue growing outward, but now Hughes said this growth won’t occur as rapidly or at all, at least in terms of how it has been in the past.
Hughes also noted that since Weatherford’s thoroughfare plan was adopted, Parker County recently updated its thoroughfare plan and county residents voted to prevent Weatherford from involuntarily annexing areas outside their city limits.
Public input will be collected in September and October, and the final recommendation is to be made in November, Hughes said. There is a chance that there might be more public meetings than currently scheduled.
The public was invited to review maps and make comments.
Also at the meeting, the board approved the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposal to reduce the speed limit on Farm-to-Market Road 730 between U.S. 180 and Valley Lane from 50 to 45 miles per hour. TxDOT is also proposing reducing speed from 60 to 50 miles per hour on FM 730 between Valley Lane and Weatherford’s city limits.
“The main reason is the congestion due to the school nearby and recorded 12 crashes in 2018,” Director of Transportation and Public Works Manny Palacios said.
Weatherford’s fire and police chiefs concurred with the change, Palacios said.