KILLEEN - Killeen has added more than 39 residential subdivisions in the last five years, with new developments continually in the planning and construction stages.
Those subdivisions include a wide range of residential lots. They also sometimes include more than one phase of a neighborhood — adding more than 100 homes to the city with each new section.
Similar situations are seen in Harker Heights and Copperas Cove, though the scope of construction is smaller.
“Most of the activity we are seeing now with the platting of subdivisions is robust, and a lot of it is the developers trying to fill the need from the larger home builders,” said Tony McIlwain, a Killeen city planner.
Much like other markets, homebuyers are driving the creation of residential subdivisions in Central Texas cities, said Harker Heights City Manager Steve Carpenter.
Harker Heights has experienced between 150 and 250 homes constructed per year, and Copperas Cove has averaged about the same, while Killeen adds about 1,100 new homes a year.
“One thing the communities here in Central Texas have done is not curtail growth,” McIlwain said. “We have let the market dictate the market.”
Fort Hood’s soldier population has played a factor in the construction of several subdivisions, but recently the cities have started to diversify the workforce.
Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center are bringing more than just soldiers to the area.
Commercial projects including Sam’s Club in Harker Heights and the Five Hills shopping center in Copperas Cove bring more retail job growth.