BULLARD (KYTX) - For nearly a decade, Bullard's population has been on the rise. As population grows, development has to follow. In a city council meeting, bullard leaders agreed to the final approval of a 200 unit subdivision.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how the partnership between the county, the city and developers, could improve housing and county roads. The subdivision is located on the very edge of Bullard -- in the portion that's located in Cherokee County.
So the city and county worked together on the project. And the city council's decision requires developers to upgrade county roads as they build -- to make sure the people who live in the subdivision have a good way get back and forth.
From empty fields, to a planned development, things will be changing in Bullard.
"People want to come here and we want them to have a home to come to," said City Manager Larry Morgan.
With population constantly moving upward, city leaders say, taking steps to increase available housing is a necessity...
"Bullard for the past nine years worth of steady growth... actually about four different subdivisions going in right now," he said.
But the Mulilo subdivision off highway 69 near CR 3081 will be the big one with more than 200 roofs, on over 52 acres.
It's being built by the Cornelius Jacobus Family Limited Partnership out of Tyler.
And this development will include more than just new homes. Under city ordinance requirements, developers must improve the CR 3081. It will have to be curbed, gutted and asphalt will have to be laid.
"It's growing a little too fast."
Chris Thompson says continued development in Bullard is changing the face of the town.
"We're a kid friendly community... these construction guys are zipping and zoring up and down the street constantly."
Thompson says, when you factor in the economic impact growth will have on the city, development is great, but that's not the only change to expect.
"Traffic wise, it's not great, our school roads are bad, the police have their hands full of people coming and going."
His son, Owen, on the other hand sees the good in the development.
"There's lots of houses here so you can make more friends."
And with this subdivision on the way -- it looks like he'll have a lot them.
The project will be built next to the recently finished Katima subdivision. Work is expected to begin this summer.