OVILLA – In a recent Ovilla City Council meeting, the council decided to move forward on a project first approved back in 2003.

Called Ovilla Parc, the project includes the second phase of a subdivision located north of Shiloh Road across from Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  

The original final plat and construction plans for the first phase was completed in 2004 and included 49 lots along Claremont Drive, Williamsburg Lane and Covington Lane, just north of Shiloh Road.

“Construction of the second phase will add about 100 residential lots to our available inventory of lots ready for construction,” said Ovila City Councilmember and interim City Administrator Richard Dormier.

The second phase has an additional 109 lots and will extend the streets included in the first phase to the north further away from Shiloh Road, but the construction standards will be equal to those used in the first phase.

As it stands now, the plan is to begin construction of utilities for the second phase in early 2013.  

“We have verified that there have been no substantive changes to the city engineering design standards since the plans were first approved by the city and the developer’s engineer is verifying the plans are in compliance with any revisions to TCEQ requirements since that time,” Dormier adds.

As for the size of the lots, the minimum lot size for the subdivision is 15,000 square feet.  The lots in the second phase vary from 15,000 to over 50,000 square feet in size.

A preconstruction conference had originally been scheduled for the week of Dec. 17 concerning the second phase, however Dormier says the preconstruction conference was not held because they city did not have verification of the engineer review and comparison to TCEQ requirements yet. The information is expected in several weeks.

“The addition of over 100 lots in a great neighborhood will provide new tax dollars for our city and will also increase our population by roughly 10 percent when built out,” Dormier says. “While we are increasing our efforts to add commercial and retail business to the city, we currently rely heavily on property taxes to fund our budget.”

Dormier says at this time it is still undecided who will be chosen as the builder for construction, but the project should add about 350 residents when completed.  

“This is the first new residential lot construction in Ovilla in several years and we are really happy to have this occurring at this time,” Dormier concludes.  “We have no indication of the timeframe for completion of the new houses as this will be based on market conditions.”