The City of Lubbock's capital improvement advisory committee faced another meeting of blow-back from some constituents. This is the committee recommending impact fees across Lubbock.
Impact fees are additional costs tacked on at the permitting phase. The idea is it helps "growth pay for growth".
Citizen comments during Monday's meeting, however, claimed it is yet another form of discrimination against north and east Lubbock. They are calling for maximum fees in southwest Lubbock and zero fees throughout central and east Lubbock.
These citizens say it would encourage new development in 'Old Lubbock', rather than push it outside the Loop.
"The suggestions from the CIAC are nothing more than a racist sham that keeps the money with the wealthy and White, and gives breadcrumbs to the rest of us," said one citizen.
Because of how the virtual meeting was conducted, it was not clear who made each comment during the public's feedback.
Another said Monday: "It is therefore appropriate and just to incentivize development in areas where it has lagged and dis-incentivize it in areas of problematic expansion," said another.
Another person: "Support communities that make Lubbock unique, like locally-owned businesses on 34th Street, and stop robbing our future to fund suburban sprawl."
Another citizen said: "I should say, if we can't bring the committee to agreement on this issue, we'll really have no choice but to try to kill this recommendation before it goes to City Council."
Several of the people who spoke at Monday's hearing are members of or connected to the Lubbock Compact group.
This article was updated to correct the last paragraph and replace it with a direct quote.