KILLEEN, Texas (Sept. 7, 2023) – The City of Killeen is celebrating entering the second year of what is now called Killeen 2040.
The Killeen City Council approved the City of Killeen’s 2022 Comprehensive Plan in August 2022, which is a plan that outlines the vision for the city for the next two decades. The plan was created based off community feedback on priorities for the city and will be used to shape our growth and evolution over the next 20+ years.
The Killeen 2040 motto is Moving Forward and focuses on six “Big Ideas”: fiscally-responsible growth, positive community culture and environment, downtown revitalization, safe, affordable, & efficient transportation, vibrant neighborhoods and local businesses.
Some items that have already been completed include:
- Downtown Revitalization: Establishing a permanent police substation downtown and increasing the police presence and engagement with residents and businesses, scheduling regular community programming in Historic Downtown
- Vibrant Neighborhoods: Overhauling design/construction standards with new focus on quality and appearance of residential and commercial buildings, and improving the appearance of roads, streets, trails and parks, addressing homelessness through temporary housing
- Safe, affordable, & efficient transportation: Update and adopt a new Thoroughfare Plan, update regulations for shared use paths and sidewalks, update standards to reduce maintenance and construction costs
There will be fun activities centered around the “Year Two Kickoff” of Killeen 2040 at the Sept. 9 Touchdown in Downtown event from 6-9p.m. in Historic Downtown Killeen, as well.
The City of Killeen worked with consultant, Verdunity, to draft the 2022 Comprehensive Plan (Now Killeen 2040), and work on the plan began in March 2021. Verdunity worked with city staff to conduct public meetings, gather data and elicit feedback from city representatives, citizens, stakeholders, small businesses, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Killeen 2040 plan is broken down into three distinct sections: Introduction, Organizational Components and the current phase of Implementation. The Killeen 2040 plan can be viewed at www.KilleenTexas.gov/Killeen2040. A video explaining the plan can be viewed there or on the City of Killeen’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/heysxJ8dY4s.
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