Our Town Spotlight: New property growth in Wolfforth

Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 8:51 AM CDT
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WOLFFORTH, Texas (KJTV) - In the last year, Wolfforth has experienced a $30 million increase in property growth.

“We’ve got the We’ve got the Betenbough subdivision. We’ve got an overlook subdivision. We’ve got literally what’s probably going to be 3,000 to 4,000 residential lots that are going to develop here, in a handful of years probably,” said Randy Criswell, who has been Wolfforth’s city manager since January.

Growth of this magnitude presents some challenges. The main one: Stay ahead of the growth.

“This city council has approved engineering proposals to work on things like water storage, elevated storage, water supply, wastewater treatment, and distribution, water distribution issues in town,” Criswell said.

Mayor Charles Addington says more changes are on the way.

“Are we addressing the water issue? Absolutely. We’re addressing the water issue,” he said. “We’ve had some big announcements lately. We have more on the way. Can I talk about those? No, I can’t. But, they are coming, and it’s going to be really good.”

Assistant city manager Rick Scott, who is also the Wolfforth Police Chief, says every facet has to be looked at.

“As we grow as a city, everything has to be addressed,” he said. “It’s not just a police department, fire department, public works. You got to build on your water and your sewer infrastructure. All that costs money.”

“Those needed added improvements, we’ve got to figure out how that the funding for those really falls on those who will need it, when it’s needed,” Criswell said, “Instead of those who are in town- in the in the current core of the community today, that that their system’s fine.”

The plan is in place as Wolfforth gets ready for the growth explosion.

“And, we try to stay ahead of the game because you don’t know which new development’s coming,” Mayor Addington said, “You don’t know which new part of commercial business is coming. But, you try to stay ahead, and you try to keep your water, and sewer, police, and EMS, like we talked about. All going where you can handle that growth.”

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