LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If 22 years ago someone would have asked what the city of Lubbock would look like in 2018, people probably would not have guessed we would be planning an outer loop to the south and west, or could have foreseen the growth of the northwest corridor of the city outside Loop 289.
They also may not have mentioned how important the Marsha Sharp Freeway had become in getting across the city.
So what will the city look like 22 years into the future? That’s what leaders are asking the public about as they build the city’s next comprehensive plan.
Known as ‘Plan Lubbock 2040’ - the comprehensive plan is a framework of what the city hopes Lubbock will look like years into the future.
The city first released their final draft of the plan at the beginning of October, but on Monday night a little more than 200 residents braved the cold weather and spoke up about what they wanted to see.
Lubbock City Councilman Jeff Griffith said the greatest response was the need for street paving on the north and east sides of the city. According to Griffith there are more than 50 miles of unpaved roads in the city. “It will take a decade to pave all these streets,"
In addition to street paving, the city’s focus will include transportation, including public transportation such as CitiBus, said Griffith. “I think people are impressed with the detail of work that has been put forth by this committee.”
Griffith points to the need of a comprehensive plan for city growth. He said much of Lubbock’s current growth was an outpouring of previous planning. “This still has to be voted on, but the positives are going to be implementation of really a guideline – we haven’t had one since the 1980’s – so we finally are getting to the point where we’ll have a guideline for the future growth of our city.”
“We’ve had bits and pieces of planning, but when we say comprehensive, it’s truly comprehensive, not just bits and pieces, this truly will give us a great road map, I believe, for decades," he added.