RED OAK

A much-discussed Red Oak Subdivision could soon flourish into a booming neighborhood as city council members approved a zoning change for the division allowing for smaller lot sizes — a sure sign that Red Oak is still growing.

“A couple of months ago we had two subdivisions we looked at and approved,” Red Oak City Manager Todd Fuller said. “These subdivisions would like to make a couple of changes to allow lots to be less than one acre. They want to change the side setback from 25 to 20 feet and the front and back setbacks from 45 feet to 40 feet.”

The subdivision will add 90 more homes to Red Oak.

But one citizen had concerns.

For years, Cathy Truelove has rented the 86-acre property between the Prairie View division and the soon-to-be-developed Crystal Lake division on Ovilla Road. Truelove’s property line backs up to the Prairie View division and has caused her some headaches after cable providers needed to run the cable on her property to service the adjacent homeowners.

“My question: will there be an easement along the west side of my property for those utilities because I don't want the same thing to happen with this subdivision,” Truelove asked.

Truelove said when cable providers came to lay cable on her property, they didn't remove the old cable—something she didn’t know when she went to mow and shredded the wire to pieces.

Red Oak Mayor Alan Hugley told Truelove that the cable providers are trespassing unless granted access to her land. He said she didn’t have to allow them access, and implied that if she didn’t, another solution would be found to appease all parties.

A representative on behalf of Harlan Properties, Inc., the company that Truelove also rents her property from, assured her that they would work to remedy her frustration.

Council members unanimously approved the motion to grant the subdivision’s rezoning.

In other acts, council members discussed, and approved, awnings for the Chick-fil-A drive through as a measure to keep workers dry during rainy days.

The canopies, unlike some other Chick-fil-A locations in the Metroplex, will feature masonry around the poles, and a metal roof sporting the company’s logo.

Owner of Gonzalez Customz Upholstery Lucio Gonzalez spoke on behalf of his shop that will soon receive an awning to shade the doorways thanks to council approval.

Weylan McAnally and Casey Hargrove were also reappointed to the Red Oak Industrial Development Corporation for a three-year term.