The City of Lubbock is starting to update its comprehensive plan, the city’s first in more than 30 years, and they say there are some big improvements coming in the future.
“It brings us into the future,” said Mayor Dan Pope. “We have had to work around so many decisions that were made in the mid 1980s, and that dates us all.”
The plan also focuses on revitalizing downtown Lubbock, adding more benches, scenery and lighting to attract more people to the area.
“Downtown is very important to us, and if you look at the plan, you can see how we utilize economic development partners in the city to create a synergy that builds more investment in the area,” said AJ Fawver, director of planning.
The total plan encompasses more than 200 pages, which includes proposed changes to Loop 88. They plan to add more bike lanes, in addition to widening existing lanes for traffic.
“The alignment of Loop 88 will be illustrated in the maps of the plan, and so you can see the change in land use and how it will be managed along that corridor,” said Fawver.
Even though it’s taken over 30 years to get this plan moving, Pope says it will be well worth the wait.
“Yes, it’s taken us some time, but we want to do it the right way. We want everyone to be proud with what we present to the people of Lubbock,” said Pope.
The plan isn’t expected to be finalized until late December, so the city can start the new year with a new plan. However, there will be multiple meetings until then to get public feedback, the first of which starts on October 15.