The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority Board began the process of adopting a new thoroughfare plan at its meeting Thursday morning.

The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority Board began the process of adopting a new thoroughfare plan at its meeting Thursday morning.


The RMA contracted with the University of Texas at Arlington to develop the plan, which is "a formal document that serves as a policy guide and a tool that local governments use in bringing balance between travel and land use."


UTA Assistant Director of Urban Studies Alan Klein brought some UTA staff to present a preview of the planning process to a group of stakeholders after the meeting. Klein said the first step in the process is a public-input period where the RMA and the project’s planners will encourage input from stakeholders and residents in the region.


"Currently we have some folks who have been touring the county, looking at our thoroughfare network, taking pictures, videos, documenting what’s there," Klein said. "We’re also assembling data, including a lot of mapping data. We’re here today to begin the process of getting input from stakeholders and the public, which is a critical part of the plan. We will have opportunities coming up in the next few months, January and February, to have public input meetings."


The RMA board also heard a report on the recent activity at the North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field from Director Mike Shahan. Shahan recapped the airport’s finances and building projects and gave a positive look at the partially rained-out worldwide aerobatics contest in October.


"About half the contest was weathered out," Shahan said. "They were able to finish all three flights; you had to have a minimum of two complete flights to call it a contest. They were able to get three in. From all reports, this is one of the best events they’ve had.


"They’ve been doing this for 52 years and this was one of the best ones. They said they were surprised and shocked at how the community got together and hosted an event and made everybody feel so welcome. I think it made us look good, it made the United States look good, and there was a lot of shopping. Apparently, they were all over the place."


Acting on Shahan’s recommendations, the Board approved three change orders to agreements with local contractors regarding construction projects at the airport.


The RMA also approved a lease agreement with a local knives company to rent a space on the NTRA campus.