County OKs contract for thoroughfare plan

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Residents and business owners seeking to develop in Denton County will soon have a better idea of where they should or should not build.

County commissioners approved a $100,000 contract with Freese and Nichols Inc. to develop a thoroughfare plan, giving county officials the ability to reserve rights of way on county roads for future expansion.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” Commissioner Hugh Coleman said. “We need to plan for the future and this is a way to do it. I am very happy we’re able to get an engineer hired and get this project going.”

There is no hard deadline yet for completion but Coleman said he is hoping to have the plan done in the next year.

“It’s a long process,” he said. “We have to consider all the unincorporated roads, what we think we need them to be expanded to, and line up with municipalities who have thoroughfare plans.”

Commissioners approved the firm’s recommendation from a committee back in January and have been working out contract details since.

Coleman’s precinct is funding $50,000 with the other half being split evenly between Precinct 3 Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell and Precinct 4 Commissioner Andy Eads.

Mitchell said she was happy to help fund the plan.

“It will help businesses,” she said. “People coming in, they want something organized. They don’t want it piecemeal.”

With the plan, developers can call and ask about a particular property or road and see what the county may or may not have in store for it and factor the information into their business plans.

“This is going to be very beneficial for all of us once we get started,” Mitchell said. “And I think it’s something we can update on a four- to five-year plan as needed.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.


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