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INTERVIEW: Mayor Pope says Lubbock 2040 plan good for North, East Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The City of Lubbock has already begun implementing steps towards its "Lubbock 2040" comprehensive land use plan, Mayor Dan Pope said Wednesday, and a range of benefits will grow into North and East Lubbock.

A guest on the News@Nine Wednesday, Mayor Pope said the plan revolves around citizen input -- a majority of which came from those parts of town -- and it reflects their needs.

"We've listened," Pope said, "the vast majority of their feedback is in this plan. We have a lot of work to do. This is an umbrella plan; underneath it there are a bunch of different initiatives. It's a lot of work."

As we've reported throughout the development of the Lubbock 2040 plan, many East Lubbock community advocates say the land use plan doesn't address the health and welfare concerns spread throughout that part of town. The previous plans, developed sparingly over the past hundred years, included segregationist and racially-motivated language specifically targeting Black communities in East Lubbock around toxic release inventory sites -- industries that utilize or store chemicals that potentially carry health hazards due to exposure.

Mayor Pope emphasized this plan is different.

"One, the way it was developed," he said. "It was a tremendous amount of public input in this plan; second, I think our commitment to implementation, and North and East Lubbock will be beneficiaries in that.

"That's what you have to hold us accountable for," Pope concluded, "but we're committed to that."

Mayor Pope also discussed the city's success in weathering the sudden snowfall a couple weeks ago, crediting communication between city staffers, departments, the public, and social media. 

You can watch the mayor's interview from Wednesday night at the top of this page.

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