Graham wasn’t built in a day, and neither was its comprehensive plan.

The plan, in creation for three years, is a document meant to direct growth for the city. After numerous stakeholder and public meetings, it is nearing its completion and could be adopted as soon as the Oct. 10 regular city council meeting.

As Christopher Butler, city planning consultant, puts the final touches on the immense 400-page plus document, he is seeking last minute input from citizens.

The plan can be viewed in its most recent draft at

Basically, the plan states what Graham is now — its strengths and weaknesses — and what the community wants Graham to be in terms of populations both residential and commercial. It is meant to be a detailed guide to help direct growth for decades to come, regardless of future leadership.

City Manager Larry Fields said Graham is probably one of the few Texas cities of its size to never have a comprehensive plan.

To read the complete article, see the Sept. 22 edition of The Graham Leader.