Discussing Development in a High-Growth City

A Conversation with City of Victoria Councilwoman-Elect Deb McMillan

Q: As a highly attractive city for potential homeowners, how can the city of Victoria work with the development community to accommodate growth?

McMillan: First and foremost, the city of Victoria should be welcoming and open to potential developers and investors. Technology changes and construction products and designs are ever evolving. The development community is on the forefront of those changes and as developers bring new ideas to Victoria, it is the job of the council to ensure our vision for the community is clear, our processes are sound, and the city staff and council are responsive. We, like all metro communities, are putting the finishing touches on our comprehensive plan, which spells out our intentions for accommodating the growth from a land use and zoning perspective.

Q: How do we encourage a diverse variety of housing options for the next generation?

McMillan: This is an important question not only for the next generation, but the generation of empty nesters and retirees whose current dwelling may no longer meet their needs. Awareness and intentionality by the council to create those different kinds of housing options is essential to ensuring those that claim Victoria as their community will also find the dwelling in Victoria that suits their needs at whatever stage of life they’re in.

Q: During your 30 years in Victoria, how has the community changed?

McMillan: In 30 years, we’ve gone from a community of less than 2,500 people to a community of more than 9,500 people. We’ve matured from a sleepy bedroom community to a much sought-after city with new neighborhoods, a vibrant business district, two new schools and a recreation center. As important as what has changed are the things that have not. Victoria has always been a community with active civic and service organizations, churches and neighborhoods, all surrounded by lakes, farms and nature.