Aubrey to have public hearing

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Residents have chance to give input on plan for community development

The Aubrey City Council will have a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 3, to give residents a chance to provide input on a community development plan designed to revitalize an area near Aubrey High School.

City officials identified the area as a center for development about five years ago, and now they want to draft a plan to outline a strategy and goals that will possibly lead to future development.

“Basically, it’s a commercial district, and we want to develop and redevelop the area primarily to [strengthen] the infrastructure,” Mayor Gary Hammett said.

Officials identify the targeted area as the Spring Hill Road and U.S. Highway 377 East District.

The area is mostly a commercial district that includes a market and an automotive shop, but it also includes some residential and agricultural zoning, Hammett said.

at a standstill because of a slow-moving economy and the lack of a definite development plan, officials said.

Hammett said the council hopes to improve the area’s infrastructure to make room for additional developments and attract new businesses.

“We want to get that district to a place that will help give back to the city’s tax base,” he said.

The development process could be funded by a combination of city funds, grants or other unidentified sources of revenue, Hammett said.

The City Council and officials hope to have a clearer picture on the area’s redevelopment and estimated costs after the public hearing and the next council meeting.

Aubrey officials encourage residents to attend the hearing and give their input.

Hammett said he hopes residents will bring ideas to guide council members and city planners in a direction residents desire.

“They should also bring questions,” Hammett said. “I want them to be involved in the entire process of the redevelopment and if possible, provide the council with additional options.”

The public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 107 S. Main St. Hammett said city officials involved with planning the area’s development will also be in attendance.

Disabled residents who wish to attend this meeting should contact Aubrey City Hall at 940-440-9343 to arrange for assistance.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should contact the city at least two days before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made, officials said.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is jharden@dentonrc.com.


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