The Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission paved the way for Waxahachie’s second gated community Wednesday, approving a change in zoning for the site of the proposed Belle Meadows.

Located on Cantrell Street (Farm-to-Market Road 1446), zoning for the 39.852 acres of land will change from single family-2 to planned development-single family.

Belle Meadows is a project of Rocky Point Development, and was represented at the meeting by Diane Johnson Collard.

At the commission’s previous meeting, Collard told the board the development would include upscale zero-lot line homes, extensive landscaping and significant amounts of open and green space.

Responsibility for that space will be with a homeowners’ association, which will also enforce covenants and deed restrictions that will be included as part of the subdivision.

Additionally, for both aesthetic and drainage purposes, a detention pond will be included in the development.

Two of the street’s residents raised questions about the proposed development’s effect on the neighborhood, specifically asking about drainage and traffic.

Addressing the questions, commission members and city staff replied that as Cantrell is a Farm-to-Market Road, any and all traffic questions regarding its widening or improvement would be a state matter.

Regarding drainage, Director of Planning Clyde Melick told the residents that by city ordinance, a development is prohibited from producing any additional runoff than existed prior to its construction and that the development’s detention pond would fulfill this requirement.

Following the conclusion of the public hearing, the item was passed unanimously, and will now go to the city council for their consideration at their next meeting.

In other business, the commission:

Granted a specific use permit for Olive Garden restaurant to operate a private club at its new Waxahachie location, which is currently under construction on Highway 77 North north of U.S. Highway 287. Granted a specific use permit for a temporary concrete batch plant to be located north and west of Mustang Creek Phase I and northwest of U.S. Highway 287 and F.M. 813, stipulating that the plant will be in operation for not more than 90 days, though the developer’s representative told commissioners that if the weather permits, the plant should be in operation for approximately one week. Approved the preliminary plat of Aday Estates, a 37-lot, 46.237 acre subdivision located in Waxahachie’s extra-territorial jurisdiction on F.M 66 across from Scarborough Faire. Approved the final plat of the Black Champ Country Estates, a 14-lot, 15.824 acre development located on the west side of Black Champ Road, north of U.S. Highway 287 in Waxahachie’s ETJ.

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