Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization is satisfied with the results of several long-range planning workshops it conducted with residents in May.
“We received comments at each of the workshops and then we received comments via the website,” said Mark Collier, a senior regional planner with the transportation management area. “I know that (the Texas Department of Transportation) was real happy with our responses. We had more than 50 attendees at the different workshops total.”
Collier said the workshops garnered more public input than other transportation management planning organizations, which was a good sign.
During the forums with residents, KTMPO questioned residents on a variety of topics pertaining to mobility in its coverage area, which includes all of Bell County and portions of Coryell and Lampasas counties, including Copperas Cove and Kempner.
Residents in attendance gave opinions about traffic congestion, air quality control, public transit, hike-and-bike trail systems and aviation. The input will help officials draft a 25-year plan that will be updated as required by the federal government.
The workshops were held in Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton and Temple.
While the KTMPO staff hasn’t officially released any results about the plan to its policy board, the workshops’ findings will be released and included throughout several policy board meetings, Collier said.
“Right now we are working on the (traffic) congestion plan; we will take comments again on that, then we will be moving on the next point,” Collier said.
At some point between now and January, KTMPO’s policy and technical boards will look at projects municipalities want to place into the 25-year plan, and the policy board will review those projects and rank them based on perceived need, Collier said.