2015 Year-in-Review & 2016 Goals for the Town

Posted by April Reiling on Mar 03, 2016
Tags: Business, Community, Economic Development, Government, Hospitality, Transparency, Town News, Public Safety, Parks

As elected officials and public servants, the Trophy Club Town Council & Staff are always looking at ways to make the community better. Providing a glimpse of what we do gives our stakeholders an idea of how the community has grown and changed, as well as what can be expected in the future. The information below was compiled in mid-January 2016 and provides an overview of 2015 accomplishments and 2016 goals.

2015 Accomplishments

  • In 2015 Trophy Club celebrated 30 years of incorporation and the 30th Anniversary Committee held several events to honor the milestone, including a Founder’s Day Reception at the Trophy Club Country Club, an art contest to get the youth involved and booths at Back to Nature, the July 4th Celebration, Easter Eggstravaganza and the Christmas Celebration.
  • Town Council hired Town Manager Stephen Seidel, who has done a great job working with Council and managing the organization through a prosperous year with many accomplishments
  • In 2015 we issued 158 residential permits totaling $81.5M in value. New home construction averages approximately $515.6K per house. Property values increased by 13% over the prior year and the current average home value in TC is $352,731.
  • Established several safety improvements, including installing eight rapid flashing beacon systems at frequently crossed areas, high traffic areas in town and adopted a police K9 program to assist with drug detection and search & rescue. We also added four new police officers and a sergeant to the police force.
  • Made several technology improvements - Switched over to hosting Town Council meeting videos to YouTube, which reduced cost and accessibility, as well as rolled out SoundCloud where we now host the audio files of all Town meetings for public use, including board and commission meetings. Additionally, we launched Laserfiche for easier public record searchability and rolled out an online forms manager to make online applications and form submission easier for the user and more streamlined for the backend work flow.
  • Launched the 2015-2016 edition of the ‘Discover Trophy Club’ magazine.
  • Made major steps toward building a new Town Hall & Police building, including earning voter approval to issue $5.4M in general obligation bonds in the November election and purchasing 5.56 acres in the Trophy Wood District for the new site.

Awards & Accolades:

  • Ranked '5th Best Neighborhood in DFW' by Dallas Morning News (2015)
  • Ranked '36th Best Suburb in America’ by Business Insider (2015)
  • For the fifth year in a row, the Town of Trophy Club has earned the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle designation for financial transparency – Platinum level (second year for Platinum level).
  • For the first time, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented the Town with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) for the 2014 Trophy Club PAFR. The 2014 PAFR was the first time the Town published the document.
  • For the fifth year in a row, the Finance Department also won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Economic Development

  • 2015 was a huge year for TC economic development. The Town Council approved two new restaurants, Meat U Anywhere BBQ and Bread Winners, and purchased 7.441 acres in the Trophy Wood District in order to have more control over future development in the booming area. Existing retail centers are 99% full and thriving.
  • Meat U Anywhere BBQ – This will be MUA’s second restaurant, the first being in Grapevine. MUA owner Andy Sedino has actively embraced the TC community and has noted that the TC location will be his flagship restaurant. Unique touches to the restaurant include the Town’s logo emblazoned on the building façade and golf cart parking for community members who prefer a cart to a car. MUA is anticipated to open in late spring of 2016.
  • Bread Winners/The Quarter Bar – The Trophy Club location will be the first restaurant in Tarrant County, which will also serve as the corporate catering hub for the west side of the Metroplex. Trophy Club partners actively pursued the Bread Winners team for over a year to entice the restaurant into opening a location in town and on January 7th we celebrated with the Bread Winners groundbreaking ceremony. We anticipate Bread Winners to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

2016 Goals – As We Look Ahead

  • Development is booming in Trophy Club, and as we approach the end of the residential development era, we welcome the commercial development opportunities that lie ahead.
    • Residential:
      • The PID is totally developed with approximately 40 lots remaining to be built upon.
      • Total, there are 187 lots left in town, some with pending building permits in house
      • We anticipate issuing 100 residential building permits in 2016, and the property tax vase is expected to increase by 10% over last year due to new growth and increased values on existing properties
      • Once completely developed, TC will have approximately 5,976 homes
    • Commercial:
      • Meat U Anywhere BBQ now has a parking lot poured and is under construction
      • Trophy Wood District
        • The Bread Winners & The Quarter Bar site is currently under development
        • In May 2015 the Town purchased 5.56 acres for $1.35M for the new Town Hall and planning for the $9.4M facility continues. We anticipate dirt work to begin this spring for the approximately 24,000 square foot building, which includes:
          • Approximately 8,800 sq ft for the Police Department — includes an animal holding facility
          • Approximately 6,400 sq ft of common space — lobby areas, community meeting room, training & voting room, public restrooms and Council chambers
          • Approximately 7,800 sq ft for Town Staff — includes all Town departments, except Fire/EMS, which will remain at the Fire Station
        • We will continue to seek out private partners and prospective restaurants and business that suit the TC culture to fill the remaining vacant acreage in the Trophy Wood District, which is approximately 9.5 acres.
        • Homewood Suites and Holiday Inn are expected to open in 2016
      • We also have a Montessori School and Retail Center across from BNHS projected to open around September 2016. Both building permits were issued October 2015
  • We are planning for a major signage overhaul in town, including directional signage and park signage
  • This year we plan to make several improvements to parks, including moving a play system to Independence Park, installing a toddler playground with shade structure at Harmony Park, replacement Spray Pad features at the community pool and resurfacing the kiddie pool and installing new practice soccer fields at Lakeview
  • Street reconstruction and storm drainage improvements will continue this year for several residential streets
  • The Trophy Club Country Club is a central feature to our community, and the country club has several improvements planned for this year, including:
    • Upgrading the audio/visual equipment for private events
    • Redoing the sand traps and fairway bunkers for the Hogan course ($500K project began last year and continue this year)
    • Redoing the golf course bathrooms
    • Resurfacing several tennis courts
    • TCCC continues to work on long-term plans regarding the location and facility type for the tennis courts and swimming pool