Lufkin unveils comprehensive plan to map future

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin has come along way from it's small beginnings on a timber rail line in the late 1882. Now the city is looking to the future.
A lot has changed behind the pine curtain since Lufkin leaders last put a plan together looking at future growth.

It's the plan and vision that has been in the works for more than a year.

"Well cities typically do at least every 15 to 20 years, develop a new comprehensive plan to look at the direction of the city and its future," said Keith Wright, city manager with Lufkin.

Wright along with Mayor Bob Brown are mapping a future of Lufkin on what the city could like.

"Everything needs a business plan, along range plan and it has been nearly 20 years since the City of Lufkin had one," Brown said.

The plan came about through a culmination of community input from the extensive meetings conducted at all the wards over the year. It even addressed a key challenge, Lufkin faces, its slow growth being isolated from larger metroplex cities.

"Things have to take place at a slower pace, just like out growth is, and I would say that's the biggest restriction and it's all based on sales tax. Sales tax is critical to the city that's our biggest income," Wright said.

The 180 page plan is divided in 8 parts which include land use, transportation, community form, natural resources, historic and cultural resources, the local economy, housing and community facilities and services.

"The other thing cities are starting to get more involved in, and I think that this plan really focuses on is quality of life issues. Looking at doing different types of enhancements to street escapes, bike lanes, more trials, sidewalks and that type of thing," Wright said.

The plan will use tools and resources available here, and aims to develop a lifestyle to attract people looking to make Lufkin a permanent home.

A public hearing is scheduled on June 5 during a city council meeting for anyone to give comment on the comprehensive plan.

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