The Board of Directors of Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) voted to extend a rate-reduction measure, which was originally set to expire at the end of May. The reduction of the power supply adjustment by one-half will result in an approximate 15% reduction in electric costs for customers.
There’s no question – Bryan is growing. In 2019, the City of Bryan issued 594 permits for single-family homes, setting a new record for the community and continuing a steady trend of single-family home building in Bryan.
Currently, there are 13 new subdivisions or new subdivision phases in development, accounting for more than 1,500 lots. Both the east and west sides of Bryan are growing in subdivisions such as Oakmont, Edgewater, Austin’s Colony, Greenbriar, and soon, Pleasant Hill.
Why is Bryan growing so quickly?
City staff say the significant increase in construction is due to multiple factors that have made Bryan attractive for developers.
Developable land close to the core of Bryan-College Station is ample and available. Land in Bryan also tends to be less expensive than in other areas of Brazos County.
In 2013, the City of Bryan implemented its Homebuilder’s Incentive Program, which encouraged construction of residential homes that are 2,000 to 3,000 square feet of heated and cooled area. This program waives building permit fees, provides no-cost utility tap fees in new subdivisions and gives a rebate to builders who display their work during the BCS Parade of Homes.
About two years ago, the city also required that new development that would like to use city utility services, such as sewer and water, must voluntarily be annexed into the Bryan city limits.
How does this growth benefit the community?
The City of Bryan often receives requests for new retail and restaurant offerings – and you may have heard the adage “rooftops bring retail.” Retailers and restaurants prefer to locate in areas where they are geographically close to large numbers of residents. So, when large swaths of new homes are built in Bryan, it makes the city much more attractive to potential businesses looking to locate in Aggieland.
Bryan’s Planning & Development staff have planned for growth like this for several years through the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use plans. Due to its location in the Texas Triangle, warm climate, low cost of living and proximity to Texas A&M University, Bryan is a highly sought after place to live, especially among former A&M students and retirees.