Odessa Annexed Land, Planning Dept. Keeps Up

By Camaron Abundes  
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The City Limits extend a little further in Odessa, after the City Council annexed a track of land North of Ratliff Stadium Monday Night. The Growth will make way for more housing and the Planning and Development Department of the City of Odessa is busy making sure the get off the ground.

"It's a lengthy process, it's a very involved process," Director Marwan Khoury said about getting something zoned, planned and developed, "We know something is coming for at least 2 years before you see it on the ground."

The Department already has plans for the area North of 52nd Street. Khoury showed NewsWest 9 the master plans he expects to see built and added in the next 10-15 years. The area will include businesses and more homes.

In the area East of Billy Hext and South of 191 construction is already underway on a variety of projects.

"Banks, apartments, offices, and single family homes. [We're] mainly concentrating on the area East of Billy Hext and 191," Khoury said, who added that the three apartment complexes going up, including Dorado Ranch, will add between 700-800 units to the area.

Streets will also get added but Khoury says it's up to the developer and property owner to name them, unless it's a large street then it is up to the Planning and Zonning Commission.

Another requirement, the new street must not duplicate the name of an already existing street. If there is an emergency and 911 responds, Khoury says it can cause big problems if you have two streets by the same name.

Midland is also adding new homes. Cameron Walker who works in the Planning Department tells Newswest 9, the City Council just added a 290 unit apartment complex and they too are working on adding new homes.