McALESTER — With a population of 56 people, Carlton Landing in Pittsburg County has become Oklahoma's newest town.
Though the lakefront community is small, town founder Grant Humphreys expects it to grow quickly.
"Currently, at least one new home breaks ground each week in Carlton Landing," he said. "This growth is in keeping with (our) projections. We continue to grow our construction capacity to handle the strong market response."
Pittsburg County commissioners on Monday approved the incorporation of Carlton Landing after voters approved the proposition during a special election earlier this month. Humphreys told a local newspaper that the new community on Lake Eufaula covers 1,650 acres.
Officials said the town could eventually receive sales tax revenue now that it's incorporated. Humphreys said the incorporation allows the community to continue with plans for its development.
"It allows us to move forward with some of our major initiatives such as creating a nature center, a 300-slip marina and camping facilities — all of which enhance recreation opportunities and increase public access to the waterfront," he said.
Humphreys said he expects 50 to 60 homes to be built in Carlton Landing over the next 12 months.
"The overall master plan includes more than 3,000 homes at a rate of 80 to 100 homes each year," he said