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Fort Bliss is growing. Maybe we ought to plan for it.

Filed under the “better-late-than-never” folder:

Community Meetings: Military Regional Growth Management Plan

WHO: The Development Services Department & consultant firm, SAIC

WHAT: Invite the public to attend a series of upcoming community meetings


Tuesday July 21 6:00-8:00 pm EPCC-Transmountain Campus (Lecture Forum) 9570 Gateway Blvd. North
Wednesday July 22 6:00-8:00 pm EPCC-Administrative Services Center (Auditorium) 9050 Viscount Blvd.
Thursday July 23 6:00-8:00 pm EPCC-Northwest Campus (Auditorium, room M50) 6701 South Desert Rd.

WHY: Planning efforts targeting the anticipated expansion of Fort Bliss continue as a critical priority. The creation of a Regional Growth Management Plan (RGMP) is a key component in proactively addressing the opportunities and challenges expected with the implementation of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). The City has retained the services of a consultant, SAIC, to develop a RGMP that seeks to closely evaluate areas to include:

• Existing Conditions Assessment
• Future Land Use
• Circulation and Traffic
• Public Utilities and Infrastructure
• Education
• Health and Social Services
• Public Safety and Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance)
• Quality of Life

In keeping with this vital initiative, the purpose of these meetings is to share the current information that is available and to seek public comments as an important part of the next stage in the development and completion of the plan. All interested individuals are encouraged to participate.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

Posted in Uncategorized

5 Responses

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  1. The City’s efforts may appear on the surface to be late but they are not. The City’s leadership has worked in partnership with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce since 2004 when we first began to work on the BRAC process that ultimately resulted in the growth we are experiencing at Ft Bliss. The City, The Chamber and the major school districts worked together to successfully pass the needed bonds to build the capacity we must have to receive the anticipated growth. Of course, that growth has greatly benefited the entire community. The current project at the City is the result of a grant they received from the Office of Economic Adjustment which enabled the City to hire SAIC. Now that we know approximately how many soldiers and about when they are coming, the City, working with the development community are addressing what the those needs are related to housing, additional schools, commercial development, etc. I hope this helps to provide more clarity.

    Richard Dayoub

    July 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  2. WHAT! Hello, theyre already here.

    This is so typical of EP. To make matters worse, the town has a massive DEFICIT. Which, they will apply maximun spin and call it a shortfall. Kinda like, I am not poor, just financially challenged or I have have made some major investments and am waiting a return on these investments.


    July 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  3. Someone must have called Mr Dayoub for a response to my comment.

    When I posted my comment, it was instantly posted and there were none for hours. Now all of a sudden there is an indirect repsonse and the time is posted as being earliar than mine.

    Well, spin all you want, the question still remains of how many military familes will live off-post. The military couldnt answer that question at the meetings because no one had ever done such a study and how would you know which families will come or stay home, which ones will choose to live off-post, for that matter with the newly inflated rents, can live off-post. Thes families of which most will be lower ranks dont have that much money especially with all the associated costs. Dont believe this, ask a lower ranks families.

    The military and Mr Dayoub DONT KNOW the answers and dont let them slip it past you.


    July 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  4. Richard Dayoub is right on this one. If this seems like a last-minute effort, it’s because the media has either done a poor job of covering BRAC efforts (going back to 2004) or the media hasn’t been paying attention.


    July 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm

  5. Wondering outloud, before anybody knew about BRAC who bought most of the land outside the boundries of Ft. Bliss out in our boonies cashing in on the value of the land the federal government needed for future growth of the training facilities and homes for the influx of soilders coming to Ft. Bliss? It seems like quite an investment to me.

    Art Gallegos

    July 31, 2009 at 1:07 am

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