The Waxahachie City Council approved a zoning request Monday relating to the future development of Bluebonnet Park and allowing for the construction of town homes and garden homes.

The development will be located on 29.8 acres at the southwest corner of Farley Street and U.S. Highway 287.

“We have modeled our development off of several others in the Metroplex. One such is Old Town that is located in North Richland Hill,” HiView Real Estate agent Brett Hess said. “There will be six units per acre; we feel there is synergy in that area with the sports complex, movie theater and the new junior high school.”

Hess said the town homes and garden homes built in the development will be built in the American Craftsman style. The structures will be a mix of one and two stories with different roof elevations. On the outside of the homes, brick and Hardie board will be used along with different color variations. There will be 175 homes available for purchase or rent in the development.

Economic development

Council members also approved the establishment of a Chapter 380 economic development program. City manager Paul Stevens said the policy sets rules about offering different incentives to businesses looking to move into the city. Prior to the policy the city could only offer tax abatements.

The standard fire prevention code ordinance was amended from 50 to 40 percent by the council. This requires businesses in downtown to have an automatic fire detection system if a 40 percent remodel is done.

An ordinance formally creating the rodeo board was approved. The measure increases the board members from two to seven and allows county residents to serve.

The council awarded a bid to Central Poly Corp. in the amount of $92,708 for garbage bags.

A bid submitted by Dake Construction in the amount of $491,667 was approved by the council for improvements to be made at the Robert W. Sokoll Surface Water Treatment Plant.

The downtown Waxahachie design guidelines were approved, with downtown development director Anita Williamson saying those will be a “great tool” for not only the board but for residents and business owners looking to do historic preservations with their properties.

Williamson also reported the downtown farmers market business time has been from 8-10:30 a.m. due to the heat. When cooler weather resumes, the market will return to its typical hours of 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The last market of the season will be Oct. 15.

James Paige was named as the honorary council member for the month of August.

Waxahachie police officer David Bittle was presented with a lifesaving award from the Coppell Police Department.

Kevin Jordan was given the oath of office as a new firefighter.

In other business, the council approved:

• a preliminary plat of Sandstone Ranch, located on 66.6 acres on Brown Street.

• a replat of lot 2R and 3R, block A of Brookbend Place  and lots two, three and four block A of Brookbend place and a portion of land in the E.R. Balch Survey.

• new rates for Atmos Mid-Tex.

• a request by Gary and Vicki Hays for a specific use permit for the retail sale of antiques, collectibles, glassware, furniture and home decor at 113 N. U.S. Highway 77.

• a request from Fulfilled Ministries to hold a 5K run March 31.

• section two of the impact fees.

• a program with Texzon City Energy Group to help find better electric rates for Waxahachie residents.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1451.