RED OAK – Red Oak City Council members approved the first steps in the creation of three residential subdivisions at its Tuesday night meeting.

Council members approved the voluntary annexation of 82.684 acres, which will create the Cole Manor subdivision. Cole Manor will have a total of 71 lots and is located south of Ovilla Road and west of Cole Road.

A public hearing was then held to change the zoning from agriculture to a planned development for Cole Manor. The zoning change and the preliminary plat was approved by the council for the development.

The council then approved a second voluntary annexation of 68.74 acres located in the R.A. Lemmans Survey.

A public hearing was also held for this annexation on the property located north of Ovilla Road and west of Mabry Lane for a zoning change for from agriculture to a planned development. The development will contain 67 lots and three open spaces for a new subdivision.

The zoning change was approved by the council.

Red Oak City Manager Todd Fuller said the city, and Ellis County as a whole, is seeing a lot of growth happen, which is driving development. He attributes the growth to a robust economic environment.

“Obviously Waxahachie, Midlothian, and Red Oak are all kind of growing together,” Fuller said. "It is a good housing market economy, and we have good school districts here as well as opportunities for employment in Ellis County as well."

Fuller noted that more higher-end homes in the $300,000-$400,000 are being built in the city, which is what the two proposed subdivisions are. He added that the minimum lot size for these homes would be about a half of an acre.

A third public hearing was conducted by the council for a zoning change from agriculture to a planned development for a subdivision that could contain up-to 24 lots. The construction is expected to be located east of State Highway 342 and north of Pierce Road.

Council members approved the zoning change and the preliminary plat.

Fuller noted that these proposed subdivisions would help the city continue to grow with the addition of new residents who will support the community by shopping locally and adding to the tax base.

In other business the council,

• Gave a proclamation for Pink Out Day.

• Gave a proclamation in honor of fire prevention week.

• Approved an ordinance amending the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget to appropriate funds to increase revenue from insurance proceeds within the general fund.

• Approved the adoption of a resolution that amended a previous resolution to give a written investment policy, which designates investment officers, and provides an effective date.

• Took no action on the adoption of a resolution for an updated and new treasury management services agreements with Prosperity Bank.

• Approved a resolution to authorize a funding agreement with the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce for $8,000 in support of events benefiting the business community and city residents.

• Approved a resolution that approves terms and conditions of an interlocal cooperation agreement between the city and Ellis County for roadway repairs and maintenance.

• Approved a resolution for the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe for the fire department in an amount not to exceed $40,000.