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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 3.17 Chapter 3 Future Land Use Plan Ultimate Population Capacity Melissa has a large amount of vacant land area approximately 70 percent of the total planning area much of which is designated for residential land use or for a mix of land use that includes residential refer to the Future Land Use Plan Map Figure 3-1. The City also has some ETJ area within which the City can grow geographically. Therefore both the vacant area within the City limits and the ETJ provide developable land for population growth. In order to guide the City in planning for how many people will ultimately have to be supported an assessment of Melissas ultimate population is provided. There are several factors considered in the calculation of ultimate population capacity as well as several assumptions. Considerations include vacantagricultural areas shown on the Existing Land Use map in Chapter 1 and areas planned for residential transit-oriented and mixed use development shown on the Future Land Use Plan Map. Assumptions include the following Various densities for each type of lot these are listed under the Average Number of Dwelling Units per Acre column. Occupancy rates and average household size information this is from the latest U.S. Census 2010. Completion of platted and planned developments that have already been approved by the City. These assumptions have been used to calculate the projected population capacity for within the City limits and ETJ. Table 3-5 shows the calculation of ultimate population capacity within the City limits and the ETJ as they exist today. With additional population accommodated within vacant areas and with the Citys 2014 estimated population of about 7755 people Melissas ultimate population capacity within the existing City limits is approximately 34410 people. Including the ETJ population and land the ultimate capacity or build-out population for Melissas planning area is approximately 119072 residents.