TROPHY CLUB -- From new highways to booming residential and commercial developments, mayors of six Tarrant and Denton County cities proudly touted their communities' accomplishments and future aspirations at this month's Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce.
Mayors from Haslet, Justin, Northlake, Roanoke, Trophy Club and Westlake participated in the exchange at Trophy Club Country Club.
Haslet: growth with low taxes
High growth and low tax rates is information Haslet Mayor Bob Golden shared with Chamber members.
"With outstanding accessibility, Haslet is one of the 10 most notable high-growth areas," Golden said. "Best of all, we have one of the lowest tax rates in the DFW area."
Golden talked about projects that are under way including commercial development known as the four corners project at Farm Road 156 and Avondale Haslet Road, and library and roadway improvements.
Justin awaits road expansion
With fewer than 3,000 residents, Justin Mayo Greg Scott said his community is a step behind the growth being experienced by neighboring cities.
But, that didn't stop Scott from boasting about the eminent widening of Farm Road 156, a major byway in Justin, to six lanes.
"That's the most exciting thing coming to the county," he said.
That's not all, Scott said.
Justin also has a new sanitary sewer plant, new ball fields and other amenities at the community park and several new businesses, he said.
Economic development a priority for Northlake
"If you're a business looking to expand, call us," said Northlake Mayor Peter Dewing.
Touching nine municipalities, Northlake is a direct link to business growth and one of the fastest-growing towns in North Texas, Dewing said.
Dewing said economic development is a priority in Northlake with highlights including Belmont's 1,000-acre master-planned community spanning into Argyle, Canyon Falls with 630 acres and Chadwick Farms with 600 acres of master-planned community.
Also, Hillwood recently purchased 158 acres and Speedway Town Center at Northlake will bring high-quality retail to the area.
Dewing said other accomplishments include recent hiring of a new public works director, more police and municipal staff.
Roanoke sees job growth
New business and future development were the focus of Mayor Carl "Scooter" Giersch's presentation on his growing community of nearly 8, 000.
More than 3,000 jobs were created by new corporations, Giersch said, and the city is close to approving a 346-acre planned development on the largest portion of the legendary golfer Byron Nelson's Fairway Ranch.
If approved by the City Council next month, the development eventually would include more than 500 homes valued at $250,000 to $600,000 plus parks, retail and office space, he said.
Expansion of the city library is also under way, without raising the 37.5-cent tax rate the city has had for 15 years, Giersch said.
Historic Oak Street also continues to thrive, now boasting 300-plus parking spaces to accommodate restaurant goers, he said.
"Downtown continues to evolve," Giersch said, noting that the city has won several awards for its renovations.
Trophy Club residents like quality of life
Mayor Connie White was excited about a community survey unveiled the night before to the Town Council. That survey revealed that 98 percent of the residents questioned were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of life in Trophy Club, she said.
The consultant who conducted the survey told town officials that, "most towns would kill for these results," White said.
Town services and the residents themselves bear that out, she said.
Thirty percent of the homes sold in Trophy Club are to people who already live here and want to stay, White said. The community pool and splash pad drew more than 18,000 visitors through July, despite the fact that Hawaiian Falls had opened in nearby Roanoke, she said.
Coming developments include a roundabout to manage traffic at a major intersection, a 26-acre mixed-use development at the town entrance and several new restaurants and liquor stores, White said.
"And, we're working on a new logo and website to brand ourselves as a great place to call home," she said.
Development updates in Westlake
Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat shared highlights of the town's theme "Investing in Our Future" with an update on Deloitte University, one of the largest private developments located on 107 acres on the Circle T Ranch.
Wheat shared a video showcasing the soon-to-open $300 million facility that will serve as a training center for employees of Deloitte LLP and its 45,000 affiliates.
Westlake also is investing in the community with several road projects under way, Wheat said.
"If it seems every road in Westlake is under construction, you are probably right," she said.
Projects include construction on Texas 114 around the Trophy Lake Drive bridge, a $33 million Texas Department of Transportation project.
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