Star Telegram article about the projected growth coming to Wise County: Wise County, a throwback to rural Texas, may be the region’s next frontier of growth.
Wise County is known for its rural features — including horse pastures, rock quarries and the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.
But, the mostly rural county northwest of Fort Worth may soon have a much different identity — that of a booming residential area in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.
“It’s coming up highway 114 and highway 287, and it’s coming fast,” said Tim McClure, assistant superintendent for facilities at the Northwest school district.
McClure’s school district, which serves about 24,000 students, is expected to quadruple to more than 100,000 students during the next 25 to 30 years, making it larger than the Fort Worth school district, which has 85,000 students.
About a third of that school district growth is expected to be in Wise County. The district straddles the boundaries of Wise, Tarrant and Denton counties.
Suburban rooftops are popping up quickly along the Tarrant-Wise County line, many in unincorporated areas where the city limits of Fort Worth and Rhome, its tiny neighbor, may eventually grow together. Developers are scrambling to build homes quick enough to meet demand as the region’s job base continues to grow.
Many of the new residential areas are coming to areas of Wise County where the roads, water and sewer lines, police and fire protection and other infrastructure aren’t ready for them. Already, residents who commute from Wise County to jobs in Fort Worth, Denton and other cities are dealing with backed-up, two-lane roads leading in and out of their neighborhoods.
But area leaders say they’re aware of the upcoming challenges to make room for thousands of new residents.
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