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Nolanville works to develop task force for long-term plan

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 11:45 pm

NOLANVILLE — Nolanville officials are working with Texas A&M’s Texas Target Communities representatives to finalize the city’s next task force meeting time and date, City Secretary Crystal Briggs said.

Aug. 28 is being considered, Briggs said.

In July, representatives from the program met with the city’s residents to start work for producing a comprehensive plan for the city’s development.

Program coordinator Jaimie Masterson said under the direction of Texas A&M’s faculty members, students in the fall and spring semesters focusing on degrees in landscape architecture and urban task force will help develop the city’s 20 year comprehensive plan.

“We want to use their input and data gathered about the city to put together a blueprint for the city council to know priorities when it comes do investments for land use along with transportation and housing plans,” Masterson said.

Masterson said students and faculty will work with a task force composed of six to 12 Nolanville residents representing the town’s various demographics and speaking to a range of issues to draft plans.

Data already gathered shows some areas of the town’s demographics are in line with the state and county level; however, others show a poverty range below the state’s.

Nolanville also has a young population under the age of 18 followed by ages 24 to 40 compared to the state, Masterson said.

Most residents are also working outside of the city, she said.

Residents attending the July meeting said they want to see improvements to the Main Street area, shopping and eating options, updated parks and something for the community.

“I would like to keep the small town atmosphere with a little bit of growth, and Main Street needs to have something to draw attention,” said Deborah Biggs, a Nolanville resident since 1984.

Marie Reiss, a resident since 1991, said she would like to see more green spaces and a community garden in the town.

Nolanville Mayor Christina Rosenthal said she too wants what the citizens want.

“What I would love to see is economic development in the sense that serves the people of Nolanville that gives us something,” Rosenthal said.

“I want to see stores here. I want something that gives to the people and serves the people of Nolanville.”

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