Major development site takes another step forward

Austin – Voters will have a chance this fall to choose for or against a giant municipal utility district west of Greenville.

The Texas legislature has given approval to the item, which awaits a signature from Governor Rick Perry before being placed on the November ballot.

Representatives with the Walton Group first presented the proposal in 2008. If voters approve the measure this fall, the City of Greenville would consider expanding the city's extra territorial jurisdiction.

The proposed district would include more than 6,600 acres north and south of Highway 380. It is expected to include areas for residential development, with more than 21,000 units of housing planned. Commercial and industrial development, plus more than 300 acres of parks would also be included.