Wellborn Residents Working With City For Future Plans

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

After being annexed by the City of College Station, Wellborn residents were given a chance to give their input on the future of their community, but not all residents were satisfied with the meeting.

There's still a sense of bitterness from some Wellborn residents after the annexation in April of 2011.

"We are still looking for the positive. I'm sure it's coming," said Mike McCleary who has lived in Wellborn for more than 40 years.

He says he isn't clear about the future of Wellborn and neither are other residents and the city.

"There are members of both groups that aren't working together very well. We have to work together. That's the main thing. They both have to be willing to make the changes to make this work," said McCleary.

His quest for answers about the options for the future of Wellborn led him to the first Wellborn District Plan meeting at the Wellborn Community Center.

The city says a pre-determined plan for the area does not exist.

"In terms of what Wellborn is going to look like in 5 or 10 or 20 years, that's what we want the residents who live here to make that decision; to determine what they want from their neighborhood," said Nancy Berry, College Station mayor.

Some Wellborn residents, who didn't want to go on camera, said their questions weren't answered like what options they have, what kind of city involvement residents will see and how a decision will be made.

The city says they laid out tables with different parts of the city's planning and development department to answer each resident's question. Residents were able to not only ask specific questions, but also sign up for planning committees.

"They will determine what Wellborn will be in the future mindful of the fact that it's going to have to come under city ordinances and city codes, but short of that, it's what the people want it to be," said Berry.

The city says they will hold several meetings in the coming months to keep the planning process open and transparent to the public.

Plans for the future of Wellborn are expected to be completed in the next 10-12 months.

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