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Potential new developments in Abilene have residents worried about what it will do to their homes


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending a rezoning for new housing and other developments on land near West Lake Road towards Lake Fort Phantom. Some locals are expressing concern, fearing they will lose what they call home.

Courtesy of the City of Abilene

Willie Talamantez, a resident of Pleasant Homes Mobile Community since 1986, said the place was much emptier than it is now. Talamantez explained that the lot only consisted of him and another mobile home. Now there are over 100 mobile homes, and he said that when more people started moving in, “they started raising the prices for rent and water.”

Now he is worried about a further price increase with the possibility of new developments taking place on the property around this mobile home park.

These developments were presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission to change the area from open agriculture to a planned development district so that it could be used for residential and commercial purposes.

Potential new developments in Abilene have residents worried about what it will do to their homes
Courtesy of the City of Abilene

However, many people expressed their concerns at this meeting, including resident Steve Price, who said this park was low-income and he was concerned that the land would be bought up and residents would be forced to to relocate.

“And then you have higher taxes, higher rates and we can barely afford what we have now. . . I get $811 a month, $9,000 a year,” Price explained.

Price explained that it would cost him $14,000 to move his mobile home.

Christina Loya, who moved here just two weeks ago, said she was worried it would lead to too much traffic.

“It’s going to be sad just because I like watching storms at night here where it’s peace and quiet,” Loya said.

Cory Dulin, a developer representative at a meeting, responded to some of these concerns by saying the zoning change would not increase property tax.

“Any zoning we do does not affect any tax rates. . . Our proposal in this regard is about affordable housing,” Dulin said.

However, many locals are still worried.

One resident said, “I love this city. We don’t want to leave it because of someone wanting to build more than we can afford.

This point will be put on the agenda of the municipal council in the coming weeks, and it will be brought before it twice before a decision is made.

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