Sidewalks a Requirement, but Not All Residents Satisfied

Sidewalks a Requirement, but Not All Residents Satisfied

Abilene, TX -- Sidewalks will remain a requirement for new developments on local streets in the City of Abilene. 

"There needs to be a way of keeping people safe, and I'm not happy with the way things have been settled in the past, with , 'huh, I'll get around to it," said resident Nesa Love.    

More than a dozen citizens spoke at the public hearing to express their feelings of whether sidewalks should be optional or required. 

"If you take housing, and you add the 68-hundred dollars, that's the price of the sidewalk, so what we're trying to do is say, you're development can make that decision," said another resident in favor of the Planning and Zoning amendment. 

"I bought several pieces of property in 1987 and I'm still waiting on a sidewalk," expressed one resident in favor of more sidewalks. 

After more than an hour of open discussion, Mayor Archibald announced, "motion carries and the ordinance amending the land development code is approved as presented."

The new amendment by the Planning and Zoning Committee states that Agricultural-Open space land be exempt from sidewalk construction, as well as plats where no other street improvements are triggered.

Plats along rural or txt-dot highways are exempt, too. 

Developers may also now submit deferrals in addition to waivers to delay construction to sometime in the future. 

The council did decide to keep sidewalks a requirement for new developments on local streets of the city, but to some residents, that's not enough.

"It was stated that that should've been decided 75 years ago, and they should've been done then, so it's great that they're doing it now, but I still feel like there's areas that need the sidewalks too, and we need a way to make that happen," expressed Love.    

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