Thank you for your interest in the City of Burleson. I am certain you will quickly find our city is uniquely positioned to be a great home for your family, business, and recreation. Burleson is a city focused on building a dynamic future, while preserving our rich history.
You need not look further than Old Town to understand this. The Old Town area is a true gem of redevelopment occurring in the context of historical architecture. The area is guided by design standards, which value public space and high-quality architecture consistent with Burleson’s past. Two recent examples of this style are the B&G Renfro Square and the Academy of Nola Dunn, which opens its doors in 2010 as a premier public education facility in the heart of Old Town.
Couple these improvements with the residential redevelopment occurring, a tax increment financing district, and a highly energized community, and Old Town is destined to continue to be the economic, entertainment, and community leader of Burleson well into the 21st century.
In addition to preserving rich history, the City is dedicated to establishing a great place to live, learn, work and play. This dedication is drawing people by the thousands from various areas of the Metroplex and across the country. Since 1999, more than 4,400 homes have been built and the population has grown by more than 65 percent. Some of the most significant examples of growth supporting a great quality of life include the following developments slated for 2010:
• Opening of the 65,000-square-foot Burleson Recreation Center;
• Opening of The Fields at Chisenhall Farms Sports Complex;
• Opening of two state-of-the-art public education facilities;
• Opening of significant healthcare facilities by Texas Health Resources and Cook Children’s;
• Groundbreaking of the first site at the HighPoint Business Park of Burleson;
• And the groundbreaking of the first high-density development within our Transit Oriented Development district.
What makes our town such an asset in this region? I believe it is the people that live and work in our town. The people of Burleson know their priorities and they work to achieve them in a responsible manner. For instance, when a community panel took up the issue of educating our youth beyond high school, the result was an innovative program called the Burleson Opportunity Fund (BOF). Since its foundation in 2007, this program has grown to provide scholarships to 30 students each year. This program, which serves as a national model for community capacity building, is just one example of the progressive nature of this community.
Our community is growing because of innovation such as the BOF, but also due to our strategic place within a growing region. The growth of the Metroplex will be drawn to Burleson due to progressive governance, a pro-business climate, an educated labor force, excellent schools, a low crime rate, as well as uniquely positioned access to major interstates, railways and airports.
To prepare for the additional 10,000 jobs and 30,000 persons expected by 2030, our city planning staff designed a dynamic community visioning process called “Imagine Burleson – A Roadmap to 2030”. This process engaged more than 300 residents and business leaders in “imagining” the future of Burleson. During 2010, the final comprehensive plan will be available on our website at www.burlesontx.com. This plan will further set the tone for continued sustainable growth and economic development in Burleson.
So, whether you are driving through on a wine tour, playing a round of golf, or just passing through, we hope you will stop by and see what is making Burleson a destination for excitement, opportunity and purpose.
Mayor of Burleson, Texas