Godley Growth – Cleburne Times-Review, March 17, 2017

Driving down Texas 171 or Farm-to-Market Road 917 through Godley recently you might have seen empty fields one week and signs of home construction the next.

Godley Mayor David Wallis said growth is underway.

“We are fortunate to have a successful, safe, thriving school district, which is probably one of the most significant reasons families are moving down here,” Wallis said. “When you couple that with one of the lowest tax rates in Johnson County and easy access to the Chisholm Trail Parkway and Fort Worth, it is easy to see why so many housing developments are being constructed here.”

Godley ISD Superintendent Rich Dear has been following the progress of 11 developments under construction, and three more are on the way.

“The word is out now,” Dear said. “We got growth coming.”

As he watches more than 2,000 lots come to fruition, Dear said he is reminded of when the Chisholm Trail Parkway was still in the planning stages when he became superintendent six years ago.

As construction workers built the toll road, Dear informed trustees about how the toll road might affect the city’s growth. He’s presented similar information on the incoming subdivisions.

“As part of our strategic design to be proactive for the development of our district, we try to collaborate and have a positive relationship with our builders because we both want the same thing,” Dear said. “We both want quality growth.”

Double Rock Homes is building subdivisions Godley Heights on FM 2331 and Stone Valley Parc on county roads 1005 and 913.

“It’s got a great location,” President/CEO Darrell Scogins said. “There is access to the Chisholm Trail. We really like the district and have heard really good things about the schools. There weren’t a whole lot of developers in the area at first, so we wanted to be one of the first developers out there.”

Godley Heights will have 137 8,500-square-feet lots and is the only development within the Godley city limits. Stone Valley Parc will have 46 one-acre lots and is the only gated community in Godley.

Each subdivision will have its own unique qualities, with varying price ranges, Dear said. Besides Godley Heights, the subdivisions will be outside the city limits, but within the school district limits, which is 122 square miles.

 The houses will receive water from the Johnson County Special Utility District who Wallis said has made significant investments in infrastructure to meet increased demand in the area. Electrical service will be provided by either Oncor Electric Delivery Co. or United Cooperative Services.

Some developers have approached Dear about possibly creating community parks in the future.

It’s only a matter of time before new families settle in Godley, and the new Godley High School will help serve their needs, he said.

“It’s a great thing that our board and our community understood that the growth was coming because we’re going to need that high school,” he said. “That’s being proactive and looking forward. We’ve got a great district. I think people see that. That’s why they’re coming to Godley. I’m excited for the opportunities it’s going to bring our kids.”

Godley Voted Best Town for Young Couples by Movoto

Godley was recently named to the list of top 10 best Fort Worth suburbs for young couples.  Movoto measured nine data points to rank the top 23 places to live for young couples: the population of residents, the population of residents under 5, the population of residents age 22-34, number of married residents, median household income, median home value, crimes and high school graduation rate.

“We think this article accurately reflects what we feel are the benefits of living in Godley,” Mayor David Wallis said. “We are fortunate to have a successful, safe, thriving school district which is probably one of the most significant reasons younger couples are moving down here.  Couple that with one of the lowest tax rates in Johnson County and easy access to the Parkway and Fort Worth, it’s easy to see why so many housing developments are being constructed here.”  

Housing Available

Interested in owning a home in Godley ISD?  New homes are readily available and under construction in the subdivisions below.   Located just south of beautiful Benbrook Lake, this community balances the convenience and close proximity to the big city and Chisholm Trail Parkway, but also the relaxation and privacy of the great outdoors.   Many of the beautiful, spacious homes are located in gated communities featuring 1+ acre lots and open floor plans.   Do yourself a favor and come check them out!

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