Economic growth and development were on the agenda at the Midlothian Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, July 30. 

In a detailed presentation, Midlothian Planning Director Trenton Robertson emphasized a commitment to revitalize DFW’s Southern Star.

It’s a responsibility the Utah-native said he takes very seriously as a Midlothian resident.

“I’ll never live in a community I’m not willing to work for,” Robertson told the audience gathered at the Midlothian Civic Center.

Robertson outlined a comprehensive plan to manage growth, promote reinvestment and improve the quality of life for residents. He also didn’t shy away from talking about the challenges of fixing roadways, infrastructure and demographic changes.

Also of discussion was House Bill 2439, a bill signed last month by Gov. Greg Abbott despite significant pushback. The bill prohibits cities from regulating building materials — a decision the city planner agrees could prevent residents from weighing in on the aesthetics of their neighborhoods.

“We do find this subject matter important and would like to find a time to adequately address the matter,” Robertson told the Mirror via email.

Authored by State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, HB 2439 goes into effect Sept. 1.


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