A very Un-Texan idea: League City looks to ease population boom
Having recently been in Texas for Earth Day Dallas, this particular column caught my eye. In what will, no doubt, become a more regular story line, League City TX is realizing that all growth is not inherently good. As one person is quoted: “There is a growing awareness where you reach a point of uneconomical growth – when growth costs more than it brings in – and that’s really what people are beginning to see.”
League City looks to ease population boom
Published April 29, 2012
LEAGUE CITY – League City’s rapid growth has come with some growing pains.
The city – Galveston’s County’s largest with a population of more than 83,000 – is close to running out of water, and traffic is a headache on some of the main roads.
The cost of dealing with those issues is leading some council members to wonder whether growth can be slowed or, at least, controlled.
The city’s population grew by almost 85 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to census data, and the city is about 47 percent developed.
There still is plenty of room to grow.
About 26 percent of the city’s about 30,000 acres of buildable space is undeveloped but already obligated, while another 27 percent is unobligated, according to city data.
With current zoning, League City could grow to a population of 199,000, said Tony Allender, the city’s director of planning and research.
While growth is good for a city, too much and too many people in one place puts a strain on a city’s infrastructure, League City Councilman Dennis OKeeffe said.
Traffic is one thing most in the city agree is a problem. To deal with the strain of so many cars on the road, League City has created a mobility master plan that lists $187 million in road projects that should chart the course of road construction for the next 23 years.
Water also is a concern. The city council is considering spending nearly $70 million to buy 10 million gallons a day from Pasadena.
“League City experienced an unsustainable growth during the last decade,” OKeeffe said.
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