Rockwall County is looking at ways to preserve open space as development continues.

“We’re working on putting a plan together to preserve floodplain areas,” Commissioner Scott Self said. “We have wide open areas that are not good for development, but are good for parks.”

Bucher, Willis and Ratliff, an engineering firm working on road projects approved in a 2004 bond election, will help develop a plan. Commissioners are scheduled to hold a workshop with the firm at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The county tries to preserve greenspace when working with developers who bring new subdivisions before the Commissioners Court, Commissioner David Magness said.

“The best way to do that, we think, is to have a comprehensive plan with cities and the county so that when we are built out, we have the space,” he said. “We have a lot of people who would love to have a place to ride their horses or a bike trail that is more than a quarter-mile long.”

The county has accepted land piecemeal from developers in the past, Commissioner Bruce Beaty said. The county’s idea here is not necessarily a parks and recreation program, Commissioner Jerry Wimpee said. It’s more about having a cohesive plan throughout the county that incorporates each city’s parks and trails plans.

The approach is similar to the county’s thoroughfare plan, which attempts to create a cohesive map that includes each city’s thoroughfare plan.

“If we keep growing the way we have been, there won’t be any open space,” Wimpee said. “It’d be smart if we would coordinate that.”

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