Wolfforth plans for growth

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - Many small towns in West Texas have lost population in the past decade, but in Wolfforth both the town and the school district have exploded in recent years.  It's the fastest growing city in Lubbock County.  Wolfforth recently finished a comprehensive plan to manage their growth in different areas such as transportation, housing, and zoning.

"We're very proud of the city," said Wolfforth Mayor L.C. Childers who moved to the town in 1941 when he was in grade school.  "At that time it was, the city was three gins, and a grain elevator, and a blacksmith shop, and that was it," he said.

Today, the city of Wolfforth looks very different than it did when Childers first moved there.   "We're expecting our 2010 census to be about 3,500 to 3,700 which is a 37-40% increase since the last census, so we're still building houses, we're still recruiting businesses, and we're still actually kind of booming," said city secretary, Debbie Youngblood.

City leaders say the boom is largely due to the school district. "Our single biggest impact is Frenship I.S.D.   Most people who live here choose to live here because of the school district," said Youngblood.  The district will open its 10th campus this fall, and already has plans for a new middle school.

They also attribute the growth to Wolfforth's close proximity to Lubbock and the attitude of the people who live there. "We try to be progressive and clean and neat and keep things moving forward," said Youngblood.

Four years ago the city established an Economic Development Corporation Board to promote Wolfforth and try to attract businesses. City staff already started looking for new sources of water and how to provide services to a growing population, but they also don't want to loose their small town charm.

"Even though we're growing, the city staff in particular works really hard to maintain a small town, let us help you attitude," said Youngblood.

The city estimates their population will reach about 12,000 by the year 2030.

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