Highland Village, Texas

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Highland Village is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, a suburb of Dallas hugging the south side of the far western branch of Lewisville Lake. As of the 2000 census the city population was 12,173, though the 2006 projection by the U.S. Census Bureau puts the city's population at 15,738. A number of residential communities are located within Highland Village, including Highland Shores and Castlewood.

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Local history and politics

Highland Village incorporated as a city in the early 1960s, though it only registered 516 residents in the 1970 census. The opening of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport helped spur massive growth in cities north of the airport, including Highland Village. The census figures rose sharply: 3,246 in 1980, 7,027 in 1990, 12,173 in 2000, and 14,589 in 2004 (estimated). The city remains a primarily residential area, though more business development is occurring. Rapid growth has led to political conflict, although the city is still relatively small compared to nearby Flower Mound and Lewisville.

Highland Village has been the site of a number of local controversies, including the extension of FM2499 to FM2181 in Corinth, Texas—long planned by TxDOT—and approval of development of one parcel within the city's retail district which will include a Wal-Mart as the anchor tenant. The contested development of FM2499 was originally planned by the impacted communities through a 1987 task force report presented to the Texas Transportation Commission in 1988, which proposed the expansion and extension of FM2499, from SH 121 to IH-35E, in five sections.

At the same time that the Wal-Mart development was being hotly debated, a development on the opposite side of FM2499, with a larger anchor—and offered by its developer to Wal-Mart, but not identified as such—was accepted without opposition. One highly visible activist, Paul LeBon, lost a $725,000 libel and slander lawsuit filed by former councilman Gary Kloepper.[3]

In a recent story, local newspaper The News Connection reported that Duncan Duvall, owner of the Double Tree Ranch in Highland Village, had been arrested in connection with possible illegal water use.[4]

On February 14, 2007 former Denton County District Attorney Bruce Isaacks and his wife, State District Court Judge Vicki Isaacks, filed a libel suit against attorney Bill Trantham and a local newspaper, The News Connection, the newspaper's publisher Shane Allen, its executive editor Bob Weir, and its investigative reporter Stephen Webster. Isaacks was defeated by current district attorney Paul Johnson in the March, 2006 Republican primary.[5]

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