Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Victoria community is ready for 1,100-home plan

Over the past few years, Victoria has grown in multiple ways. The economy is prospering, companies and industries have relocated to our area, and more people are relocating to our area. In addition, the City Council recently voted to annex more than 700 acres.

All of this growth is exciting, but it has caused a whole new set of problems. In particular, Victoria went through a period with a shortage of available housing for both renters and buyers. Those needs are being filled by the construction of new apartment complexes and homes, and a new announcement is bringing an exciting new development to meet Victoria's housing needs.

MAK Development Group, a Houston-based company, is planning to build an 1,175-home master-planned community in Victoria. This $95 million project would be the first of its kind in Victoria and will be similar to the large subdivisions seen in the Katy or Sugar Land areas. It is planned to take up about 450 acres on the east side of Zac Lentz Parkway where Mockingbird Lane and Ben Jordan Street now end. It will include single-family homes ranging from homes for first-time buyers to larger houses as well as commercial and multifamily housing, a network of recreational facilities and possibly an elementary school.

Although the project is still in preliminary phases, it is an exciting prospect for Victoria. Our community already has several quality homebuilding companies that have built plenty of good homes in the area, but a project of this scale has the potential to open Victoria up for even more growth. As Victoria's economy continues to prosper, we must plan to offer more housing for the people who will be coming to our community looking for jobs.

In an earlier article, Michael Kim with MAK Development Group said the company has been working to build a development in Victoria for about two years because of the strong economy. We are glad to see this plan is a step closer to becoming reality.

It is true that there is still a lot of work to be done before the plans are finalized. When the plan was first announced, the land had not been purchased for the development. Once the land is purchased, the company will still need to do some engineering and land planning before work begins on the development.

Even though there is still a lot of work to do, we look forward to seeing what this development will bring to our city. This scale of housing development has been overdue in Victoria, and it will help boost local growth to a new level.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.