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Plan for Amarillo's Future

AMARILLO, TEXAS - It's only done about every 20 years, but as of Wednesday night there's a new plan in place for the future growth of Amarillo. City leaders presented a draft of it to the public at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The plan was created after more than a year of seeking public input on what Amarillo's priorities should be. That plan breaks down into 11 major goals - four of those have the highest priority rating.

First, the city wants to find new funding options for maintaining things like street drainage and utilities without increasing taxes. Second, is looking at amending current ordinances about things like landscaping and zoning - it's all in the hopes of improving the city image to attract more people to the area. Third, is requiring land developers to donate so much park land or green open space with each new addition. Rounding out the highest priority goals is increasing pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Along with each of those goals, they also presented plans with what steps need to be taken, which agencies are responsible and where the money will come from. This plan is still in the draft phase. It has to be approved by several more committees and ultimately the city commission before it becomes final. That is expected to happen sometime in October.

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