By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS – Lampasas isn't just a stop on the throughway travelers use between Copperas Cove and West Texas anymore, but rather a small town with an active downtown district.

Monday night marked the first meeting of the new year for the city council and chairpersons on the Vission Downtown Lampasas committee presented an update for what's in store this year.

The city's VDL committee has been working on revitalizing the downtown area to attract visitors to the city, which included its first project, the boot mural that was painted downtown in 2008.

Because of the mural, the city received a lot of exposure locally and on the national scale, said Bryan Linder, VDL's director of marketing and promotions.

Most recently the committee teamed up with the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation and is in the process of creating a land-use database of the downtown area and included a housing inventory of all the buildings downtown.

"We're going to generate future recommendations for the land-use," said T.J. Monroe, Economic Restructuring/Housing Committee Chair for VDL.

City Manager Michael Stoldt voiced concerns about zoning and land use recommendations, so possible growth will fit into the committee's vision.

"One of the things the city wanted to work with the committee on is looking at the types of land uses that our zoning ordinances allow downtown and restructuring that online with your goals," Stoldt said.

As a result, Maryann Severn, VDL Chair, said she would begin to work closely with Stoldt on the city's zoning ordinances for downtown and make the appropriate adjustments to facilitate with the committee's vision.

After the committee's success with its first mural in November 2008, preparations will begin on Feb. 13 for their second mural.

The mural will be of a sepia-toned 1880's photograph of the Texas Trading Company that will be painted on the Lampasas Hardware building.

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