First public meeting held in Wellborn to discuss vision for the growing community

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Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 4:14 PM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) -Residents in the Wellborn community of College Station got their first opportunity to share their vision for the community’s future.

It’s all part of the Envision Wellborn District Plan update.

Every 10 years, College Station city leaders reevaluate the growth and development in communities across the city.

The existing Wellborn Community Plan was initially adopted in 2013 and was a planning effort under the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan.

The planning area was originally located in the southwestern portion of the city and includes much of the remaining historic Wellborn Community. The Wellborn planning area consists of approximately 929 acres and is bound by I&GN Road, Greens Prairie Road West, Royder Road, Barron Cut-Off Road, and Capstone Drive.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first of four in-person opportunities for residents to help city staff update the plan for the anticipated growth and development over the next decade.

City leaders say the goal of the meetings is to rebrand the original plan while creating a cohesive district that reflects the vision of residents while embracing Wellborn’s unique character.

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Tuesday’s meeting was held in the cafeteria of Wellborn Middle School in College Station from 6:30-8 p.m.

Residents that attended the meeting didn’t shy away from voicing their concerns about the plan. Some residents questioned the need for an updated plan altogether, while other community members shared their frustrations about the zoning of certain properties in the community, congested roadways and medians they say restrict traffic.

Some residents are open to seeing new additions they think could enhance the community.

“For me personally, I’d love to see maybe a small park, community park, some bicycle lanes, maybe a little bit more pedestrian friendly type walking areas,” said Wellborn resident J.B. De Los Santos.

Some residents shared their concerns about the overall identity of the community and want the community to stay as is.

“History is important, how we got here is important. What Wellborn was as a community outside of College Station prior to being annexed there’s some history there that needs to be preserved and observed,” says Brazos County Commissioner and Wellborn resident Steve Aldrich.

While everyone doesn’t agree on everything many say it’s important for everyone participates and exercises their right to be heard.

“I think it’s a good learning opportunity, you’re going to meet some great people and you’re going to get a chance to have input on your particular neighborhood,” says De Los Santos.

Additional meetings are planned for February 28 and May 30 at Wellborn Middle School.

Residents can also attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 21 from noon-1:30 p.m.

Information on phase one of the Wellborn District Plan can be found in the presentation below and on the city’s website.