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China Spring Neighborhood Association pushes for better management of growth

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https://www.wacotrib.com/news/government/china-spring-neighborhood-association-pushes-for-better-management-of-growth/article_ba55c65a-887b-5a43-aa0a-4bb997f289c8.html

"We are expecting, within the next 25 years, about 80,000 people to move into the county," Peters said. "About half of those will come to the city of Waco. So there are a lot of challenges and questions about how we provide and accommodate infrastructure."

"There's trying to fix it now, but it's too little too late," Larson said. "The genie is out of the bottle, and we're going to end up with the worst kind of suburban sprawl in China Spring because of their inaction 10 years ago."

"A lot of people hate that it's happening, period," Larson said. "A lot of people, like myself, don't mind if it's happening but we see that it's not happening in a smart way."

The neighborhood association is also pushing for a community park in a central location that subdivisions could connect to. During this month's neighborhood association meeting, city officials brought up the idea of creating a park by requiring developers to contribute land.


"We're really scared about what's going to happen when construction on China Spring finishes up," Faulkner said, referring to a widening of the main road connecting the area to central Waco. "They're going to come even faster."

The district has a little more than 2,900 students this school year, up from 2,470 students in 2015, and the pre-K to third grade age group is growing the fastest, he said. The elementary school is at about 98% of its capacity.

"They're at 940 on that campus, which will probably cause us to have to do a bond election sometime soon," Faulkner said. "Every grade is growing steadily, but that's where we're feeling the pinch for sure. It certainly wasn't our expectation."

China Spring has only four main thoroughfares, which are no longer adequate for the volume of traffic the area gets. Evilia said the city expects China Spring's population of about 8,400 to increase by about 3,100 by 2045.

"So that's probably somewhere around a 40% increase in 25 years," Evilia said.

He said the MPO already considers traffic volumes to be at unacceptable levels in China Spring, thanks to a combination of a growing population, little pedestrian traffic and relatively few main roads.

"The China Spring Highway expansion will help, but it's basically all there is to get you from that area to town," Evilia said.
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UBBY said:

https://www.wacotrib.com/news/government/china-spring-neighborhood-association-pushes-for-better-management-of-growth/article_ba55c65a-887b-5a43-aa0a-4bb997f289c8.html

"We are expecting, within the next 25 years, about 80,000 people to move into the county," Peters said. "About half of those will come to the city of Waco. So there are a lot of challenges and questions about how we provide and accommodate infrastructure."

"There's trying to fix it now, but it's too little too late," Larson said. "The genie is out of the bottle, and we're going to end up with the worst kind of suburban sprawl in China Spring because of their inaction 10 years ago."

"A lot of people hate that it's happening, period," Larson said. "A lot of people, like myself, don't mind if it's happening but we see that it's not happening in a smart way."

The neighborhood association is also pushing for a community park in a central location that subdivisions could connect to. During this month's neighborhood association meeting, city officials brought up the idea of creating a park by requiring developers to contribute land.


"We're really scared about what's going to happen when construction on China Spring finishes up," Faulkner said, referring to a widening of the main road connecting the area to central Waco. "They're going to come even faster."

The district has a little more than 2,900 students this school year, up from 2,470 students in 2015, and the pre-K to third grade age group is growing the fastest, he said. The elementary school is at about 98% of its capacity.

"They're at 940 on that campus, which will probably cause us to have to do a bond election sometime soon," Faulkner said. "Every grade is growing steadily, but that's where we're feeling the pinch for sure. It certainly wasn't our expectation."

China Spring has only four main thoroughfares, which are no longer adequate for the volume of traffic the area gets. Evilia said the city expects China Spring's population of about 8,400 to increase by about 3,100 by 2045.

"So that's probably somewhere around a 40% increase in 25 years," Evilia said.

He said the MPO already considers traffic volumes to be at unacceptable levels in China Spring, thanks to a combination of a growing population, little pedestrian traffic and relatively few main roads.

"The China Spring Highway expansion will help, but it's basically all there is to get you from that area to town," Evilia said.

Their population is going to increase by far more than 3100 over the next 25 years. I wouldn't be surprised if that 3100 number isn't achieved by 2025.
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With the enlargement of China Spring road/highway the population will explode. More so if they ever expand North River Crossing/185.

That is really the only thing that limits growth out there. The fact that the roads were still two lane country roads when much larger ones were needed, especially in front of the schools where traffic just stopped when school was getting in/out.

But like many areas they start the planning/ construction long after it is needed not planning ahead.
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It's kinda scary if you also look at the growth of Robinson, Hewitt, Mcgregor and Lorena over the next few decades.
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UBBY said:

It's kinda scary if you also look at the growth of Robinson, Hewitt, Mcgregor and Lorena over the next few decades.
I feel like those 4 are better suited to growth though. Maybe not Lorena due to it's water/sewage issues.

But the road situation in all 4 is much better due to major highways/interstates. 77, 35, 84. Hewitt has Hewitt drive and sun valley which are larger. Spring valley is smaller at spots and could be an issue in the future. And yes hewitt drive even with multiple lanes gets backed up during school arrival/dismissal but it is still not Austin/Houston traffic bad.

The school situation in all 4 could be an issue as they all have newer buildings, running out of centrally located land available, etc.
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Hewitt itself is land locked. Have you driven down Hewitt dr at lunch on a weekday? Surprised there aren't more wrecks on that road.
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sipembeers said:

Hewitt itself is land locked. Have you driven down Hewitt dr at lunch on a weekday? Surprised there aren't more wrecks on that road.
Try living between Chapel and Panther Way and getting out of your house between 7-8 am.
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