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Amarillo Residents to Fight New City Plan

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO--- Some Amarillo residents plan to file a petition repealing a comprehensive plan for city development. It was unanimously passed by city commissioners Tuesday afternoon and will be adopted by the Amarillo over the next 20 years.

Several members of the Amarillo Citizens for Property Rights were in attendance at the commission meeting speaking against the plan.

"They have this 7 chapter book that is incomplete. They just made it available to us on September 23rd, that is not enough time. They may have talked about it for two years, but they just let us in on the plan." said Amy Taylor-Rinestine, Chair of the Amarillo Citizens for Property Rights.

She along with other members of the group asked the city to hold off on their decision. They were hoping they could have voted on the plan in the general election, but that's not the case.

"We've been looking at this for two years. You can aim and aim and aim, but, at one point you have pull the trigger." Said Amarillo City Commissioner, Jim Simms.

Commissioner Simms tells NewsChannel 10, residents against the plan are small in numbers, and Amarillo has to be ready with a strategy for the city's growth.

"Keep in mind, we've had numerous people put in their input at meetings...that was all taken in consideration for the plan...what 5,6 people got up to speak?" said Simms.

"I think they'll see just how big our group really is when they see the petitions" said Taylor-Rinestine.

Petitions are expected to be ready within the next few weeks.

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