Cleburne residents can review a proposed master plan for the city during Project Open House to be held 6 p.m. March 3 at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.
City leaders hosted several town halls last year to discuss the plan. The March 3 event affords residents opportunity to review the plan, give additional input and talk to city leaders and consulting team members, Mayor Scott Cain said.
Cleburne City Council members will review the plan in March or April. If approved by council, the plan will help guide Cleburne’s growth for decades, Cain said.
“This will provide a great chance for our residents to see how a partnership of their input and the expertise of several experts resulted in a thorough plan to guide our city for years to come,” Cain said. “From land use to transportation, from economic development to infrastructure and much more, the plan brings all of our master plans together and gives us a good road map for future growth for the city of Cleburne.”
Council members, city staff, committees consisting of residents and consultants worked to prepare for the growth expected in Cleburne and Johnson County in the coming decades. City and county leaders predict substantial population growth to follow this year’s opening of the Chisholm Trail Parkway, a toll road linking Fort Worth and Cleburne.
“We asked our residents to tell the consultants what they want Cleburne to look and feel like over the next few decades,” Cain said. “The consultants took that information and created a plan to help guide us in that direction.
“This is where our past meets our future. Having a solid plan will serve as a blueprint not only for our future growth, but for the preservation of our heritage in the wake of future growth.
“We want to have efficient planning for retail and other business development. And we want new residential development to have plenty of parks and open spaces. This plan will also help us to evaluate the sequence of events to help us keep spending under control.”
Stations will be set up to highlight different components of the proposed master plan such as land use, economic development, infrastructure and public services.
“Over the past two years we asked our residents to dream big,” Cain said. “Now the time has come to start making Cleburne’s potential a reality and this plan is the first step.”