It’s that wonderful time of year when the temperatures finally cool off, the return of Friday night lights, and we look forward to the many special holiday events on the horizon.
Even though this time of year leads to busy schedules, I hope you’ve taken the time to learn about the Town’s “Our Master Plan” project. Right now, the Town is seeking community feedback regarding the land use portion of the Master Plan. The focus of this project is not to change this important document, but rather to decide how to implement its vision.
Recently, the Town held two well-attended, community-wide meetings where Town staff discussed the four focus areas of the “Our Master Plan” project. These areas are the Lakeside Business District, the Cross Timbers Conservation Development District, the Denton Creek District, and the FM 2499 commercial corridor, between FM 1171 and FM 407. During the meetings, audience members participated in live polling, providing valuable feedback to Town staff. For those who could not attend the meetings, please visit www.flower-mound.com/ourmasterplan to view the community meetings and participate in an online survey, comprised of the same questions that were asked during the community-wide meetings. I encourage you to get involved, provide feedback, and feel free to ask any questions you might have. In addition to the informational website, Town staff have also set-up a project-specific email address of email@example.com and a Facebook page to encourage discussion at www.facebook.com/ourmasterplan2013. The Town will present community feedback during a joint Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission work session on October 17. No action will be taken during the work session, only direction and the feedback will be discussed.
Also this month, the Council is expected to vote on two exciting new economic development projects during the October 7 meeting. If the Council approves these measures, we will post the news on the Town’s website and social media pages so we can keep the community informed. Last month, we received some great news regarding our Lakeside Business District. In case you haven’t heard, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Logistics, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, recently signed a 10-year lease to relocate its global headquarters to the Lakeside Business District. The Flower Mound office will manage BNSF Logistic’s Dallas market and international business from its 38,000-square-foot space beginning in November. Also Nature’s Best, which moved to the Lakeside Business District in 2011, recently announced plans to expand their location on Enterprise Drive and leased an additional 154,000 square feet. The company is the largest privately owned wholesaler-distributor of natural and organic food products in the U.S. We are thankful additional buildings are being constructed in the area, as the Lakeside Business District currently has a 99 percent occupancy rate.
As we head into November, please be sure to cast your ballot in the November 5 Special Election. In addition to selecting your candidate for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees, please also vote on the measure regarding the creation of the River Walk Public Improvement District. This is an important vote that will affect not only the River Walk project but the Town’s tax revenue. If you are unfamiliar with the River Walk project and the proposed Public Improvement District, please visit www.flower-mound.com/riverwalk and www.flower-mound.com/riverwalkpid. In addition, I encourage everyone to participate in early voting, which is both convenient and efficient. Voting locations and polling hours will be posted on the Town’s website, www.flower-mound.com, as soon as they have been determined by Denton County.
As we are able to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the cooler temperatures, be sure to keep updated on the latest special events through the Town’s website at www.flower-mound.com/specialevents. The first event of the season, our annual Pumpkin Dive at the CAC, will be held on October 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. Other upcoming events include our annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 10, our 24th annual Christmas Parade on December 14, and much more. I hope everyone has the chance to make it out to at least one of these upcoming events, which is sure to be memorable for the whole family.
Bryan Webb serves as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem in Place 2 on the Flower Mound Town Council.