Rockwall City Council seeks citizen input on Blacklands Corridor

ROCKWALL, TX (August 14, 2014) The North Central Texas Council of Governments is hosting a public meeting for residents to learn about the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, in Lavon at Nesmith Elementary School, 801 Presidents Blvd, Lavon, TX 75166. The meeting will begin at 6 pm.

The meeting will provide the final draft recommendations for the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study. Analysis discussing bicycle/pedestrian facilities, transit, new or expanded arterial roadways, improvements to IH 30, and construction of a new location freeway/tollway will be presented.

Representatives of a private developer interested in carrying forward plans for the freeway/tollway will be in attendance to answer questions. A project newsletter and other study materials are available at For more information, email  or call 817-608-2335. All concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.

The Rockwall City Council passed a resolution at its recent meeting opposing the potential Blacklands Corridor route currently being considered that may go through the Rockwall city limits or in its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The City Council took this action in part due to the lack of information and transparency of the private company conducting the study. The study area includes parts of Collin, Dallas, Hunt, and Rockwall Counties and includes consideration of a new tollway connecting the City of Greenville with the President George Bush Turnpike.

A previous meeting of City of Rockwall representatives with representatives of the private developer have indicated that a new tollway route has been added for consideration which would be located in Rockwall County and partially within the City of Rockwall and its Extra- Territorial Jurisdiction; however, no documents indicating the new tollway route were provided to the City of Rockwall. Depending on the preferred route, the location may interfere with current planning of the City of Rockwall including adopted plans for parks, open space, thoroughfares, land use, and utilities.

The Council’s action should facilitate a more inclusive discussion of the impact the tollway will have on citizens of Rockwall and force the planners of this project to be more forthcoming with information necessary to develop the City’s position on the route it takes through Rockwall.

Source: City of Rockwall

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