Councilman Victor Hernandez and the Jackson Neighborhood Association listened to gather input regarding future development plans. About 120 Lubbock residents showed up to the Saturday meeting.
Councilman Hernandez proposes that CLUP (Comprehensive Land Use Plan) be changed to provide future street closures dependent on privately funded commercial development. He plans to bring the idea to council in April.
Courtyard Marriott Hotel has purchased land to build by the neighborhood, but its more commercial development that could lead to heavier traffic, and that has some residents concerned.
Hernandez said his goal is to protect the neighborhood. He said limiting access to non-residents is one way to do that.
"The way you do that is through street closures, and by the private developers who are building for example the Courtyard Marriott is to put up walls that are not only sound or light barriers, but also to act as a deterrent for those folks coming in and out of the neighborhood," he said.
Anita Harrison lives in the Jackson neighborhood. She said, "I am concerned that so many people are upset with the possibility of so many streets closing, but the thing is not all of them will close. People are getting upset over little... I think."
Hernandez said it is closely divided on who wanted streets to remain open.