Wolfforth population could double in just 5 years - FOX34 Lubbock

Wolfforth population could double in just 5 years

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"The next doubling from 5 to 10,000 will probably take a lot less than 10 years. It will probably take 5 to 8, depending on the economy," Wolfforth City Manager Darrell Newsom said.

Newsom has his hands full, as the city is poised for the fastest growth it has ever seen.

A new sub-division from Betenbough Homes could add more than 2,000 rooftops. The city recently annexed a 500 acre plot specifically for this project.

"Geographically it makes a lot of sense. I think Wolfforth in itself is a nascent community, it's poised for growth," Director of Land Strategy at Betenbough Homes Dustin Eggleston said. "The process thus far has gone really well with the city...despite the current environment that we're all in," he added.

They have not broken ground on the plot of land just yet, so it is just a promise for the city. Not just one of bringing new people in, but also of creating a self-sufficient community.

"We've been more of a bedroom community, now the jobs will be a lot closer," Newsom explained. "We'll have to add more people to do the work as the city gets bigger and to keep up with that growth."

No one knows that better than Frenship Superintendent Michelle McCord.

"We can't just stay a month ahead or a year ahead. We have to stay several years ahead of the growth, so we don't experience too much overcrowding," she said.

The fast-growing district already has plans to build a second high school. Now, it is just waiting for the bond vote coming up in November.

The biggest strain on the community will be water supply. Currently the town of 5,600 relies on only 17 water wells. Newsom says 3 more are still awaiting approval.

The city also lacks commercial properties but he says that is the next step. 

"It's kind of a chicken and egg situation. You've got to have the rooftops to get the commercial, the commercial wants the rooftops in place before they build the commercial."

Work on the new subdivision is slated to begin next year.

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