ANGLETON — Brazoria County residents will have a chance tonight to tell Houston-Galveston Area Council officials what is most important to them when it comes to future area developments.

H-GAC officials will host a regional planning public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church, 130 S. Arcola, in Angleton.

Officials said the purpose of the meeting is to field concerns from residents as the agency pieces together a study on how area cities can foster economic growth, protect the environment and adjust to changes over the next two decades.

“The region is going to grow population-wise,” said Cheryl Mergo, sustainable development program manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. “This is our first of 21⁄2 years of public engagement.”

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a 13-county association of local governments, including Brazoria County. The

H-GAC received a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last year to conduct the study, Mergo said. The results of the study, which would be released more than two years from now, could be used by local governments as a guideline for community development or as a tool to apply for federal grants, she said.

“There’s not one situation that fits all,” Mergo said. “It would be voluntary implementation.”

The meeting in Angleton is the only Brazoria County session H-GAC officials have planned so far, she said. Mergo did not have a list of any local elected officials who have committed to attend.

Mergo said residents would be allowed to voice their concerns and ask questions throughout the meeting.

“Everyone has an opportunity to speak,” Mergo said.

Michael Freeman covers the Angleton area for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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