City of Fort Stockton Planning for the Future

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON- A handful of residents sat and listened as Roger Carlisle, president of CSM Carlisle & Associates, talked about the city's future on Monday Night. The city of Fort Stockton hired the consulting firm to formulate a long range plan to deal with development and growth over the next 20 years.

"They would like to use their land, and they would like some flexibility with sizes and setbacks and density." Carlisle says many people want to see the city change it's zoning and land use standards. So far, more than 500 people have filled out questionnaires.

Local Builder Javier Cruz says he joined the conversation because he too wants to see changes made to zoning and land use regulations in town.

"On some of those lots you can't build anything because of the regulations." Cruz said he also wants the city to tackle a lack of adequate housing.

Empty lots are all over Fort Stockton but the comprehensive plan would address possible changes that would accommodate builders.

"I would definitely like to see the lots filled in and the city staying in a condensed fashion." Al Haney, a thirty-year resident, said he wants to see the city watch it's costs by building up areas already inside city limits.

According to current zoning maps, some areas in town appear to sit within city limits but are actually considered a part of the county. The plan will also give an overview of how the city can move forward with annexing those and any other areas it might want.

"I don't think they have a problem with more jobs, I don't think they have a problem with growth, or a problem with redevelopment, they just want to make sure it's controlled." Carlisle said he will hold another public meeting in a few months.

Carlisle plans to show the City Council a draft copy by September. The plan will act like a how to guide but won't offer any recommendations, any changes will be up to city leaders.