Mayor's Message

Mayor Lorne Megyesi highlights the City's accomplishments in 2015 and gives community members a glimpse at what's in store for 2016 during a Q&A interview recently published in the Dallas Morning News.

Q: What are some highlights for Fate this year, and how will they affect the city in 2016?

A: The citizens of Fate should feel proud of the many accomplishments we worked together to achieve in 2015. Here are a few highlights from this year:

1) Completion of the Comprehensive Plan. This document represents a year-long collaborative effort by citizens, businesses, elected and appointed officials, and city staff to create a vision for our community and set standards to accomplish that vision for years to come. I encourage all our citizens to become familiar with Fate's comprehensive plan; it provides a path to a bright and sustainable future for Fate and serves as a framework by which many policies will be determined.

Mayor Lorne Megyesi

2) Completion of the Parks Master Plan and Sports Complex Feasibility Study. We have identified many opportunities to improve and expand our existing parks and trails system, including the potential for a multi-field sports complex.

3) The achievement of a Class 2 ISO rating is a dramatic improvement from the previous rating of Class 6 which can save home owners money on their individual property insurance premiums.

4) The Celebrate Fate Celebration on Labor Day weekend was expanded to include more activities, food, and vendors to further strengthen our community identity.

5) Recent annexations brought new property into the city limits to shape future development of Fate.

6) North and South traffic on FM 551 under the new bridge was reestablished just in time for Thanksgiving.

7) Planning efforts continue with major landowners on the north and south side of I-30 commercial corridor to help promote new commercial and retail development.

Q: How will 2016 differ from 2015?

A: The completion of the comprehensive plan in 2015 sets the tone for 2016 and beyond. Now that we have this critical planning document in place, we will focus on updating our code of ordinances so that our regulatory policies match the community's vision for Fate's future. In 2016 we anticipate an increase in new home construction as there are thousands of homes in various stages of the development process. As a result of the additional growth, the level of interest in new commercial and retail development has increased. We expect to see a lot of activity where the new grocery-anchored shopping center is planned on the southwest corner of FM 551 and I-30. I am incredibly optimistic for 2016 as being a year of continued growth and development in Fate.

Q: What challenges and opportunities do you anticipate for Fate in 2016?

A: The same is true this year as it was last; the greatest challenge we face is the urgency for our future. As one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas, we are preparing for the future by using smart growth principles to promote a fiscally sustainable and vibrant community. Keeping up with the large amounts of projects and handling the increasing service requests from a growing populace is challenging. We continue to seek opportunities to be intentional with our allocation of resources to address economic development, roads, neighborhood and community programs, parks and trails and quality services.

Q: What are some of the ways residents can contribute to their community in 2016?

A: There are several ways to get involved in Fate and we invite the members of our community to consider serving on one of our many boards, such as: Parks board, Fate Development Corporation, Planning & Zoning, Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, Municipal Development District and others. We would also welcome service projects from volunteer groups or other organizations.

Q: What are some of the city developments and projects residents can look forward to this year?

A: The city has committed to several major projects including: the completion of a new city hall adjacent to the Robert Smith Family Park; the completion of a new water tower on the south side of Interstate 30 to increase storage and service capacity throughout the city; the completion of bridge construction at FM551 and I-30; the completion of roadway rehab on FM 551; road improvements to Rochelle Rd; the construction of the Parker Creek parallel sewer line to increase capacity for the additional growth occurring on the north side of I-30; park improvements; and the potential for commercial projects launching on both the north and south sides of I-30.

Q: What are your hopes for Fate in the new year?

A: My hopes for our community and our citizens are economic prosperity and good health. We will continue to work hard to bring the types of development that will enhance our quality of life. I am grateful for the privilege to serve the wonderful citizens of Fate.