After much discussion the Waxahachie City Council voted to table a decision on approving an amendment to a site plan for a proposed subdivision located on Parks School House Road at its Monday night meeting.
Presenting the item before the council was engineer Jeff Crannell. The original project approved by the council at its July 15, 2013 meeting included 176 lots. The amendment would add 30 additional lots to the development. The new plan also incorporates the use of a former stock pond in the creation of a park. Around the pond developers said they hope to add walking trail.
Members of the council expressed concern that the park’s location would be too close to a proposed a playground and that the pond might pose a danger to children.
“I am a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and little kids kind of love bodies of water. We are putting the play ground around the pond so that tells me that a lot of kids are going to be there playing around that area,” said Councilmember David Hill. “If the pond was totally fenced I would sleep well at night knowing at least we made a good effort to protect that pond.”
Crannell said to make the pond less of a danger to children the developers were going to control access through fencing.
Another concern the council expressed is that the park does not have a lot of useable open space. The space that would be available would have a limited amount of uses.
“They originally had a plan that showed a useable open space. Again, when you are in a smaller lot development the idea is to aggregate that space and still have a place for kids to run around,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Scott. “Each home does not have the open space. So you provide that in a public park. What they were proposing with that pond is that useable space was just around the bank. You could put a hike and bike trail around it, but you could not kick a soccer ball around it.”
Apart from the park, another concern the council had was the phasing of the project that had more of the smaller homes being built first and not providing a mixture of home sizes. The council tabled the item to have it brought back to the July 21 meeting so that finer details could be worked out.
Council members then heard a request for a preliminary plat for the Saddlebrook Estates subdivision that would add 121 lots to that development. Saddlebrook Estates is located on south U.S. Highway 287 going towards Ennis. The council approved the request.
In other business ,the council
• Approved a minor plat of lot 2R, block 1 in the crystal cove estates phase replats of lots two and three in block one.
• Approved a request from Chris Acker for a site plan for a 8,500 square foot office building to be located on Chieftain Drive.
• Approved a request from David Bond for a specific use permit to build an accessory building to be located at 194 Old Howard Road.
• Presented the Texas Treasure Business Award to Maxwell Jewelry.
• Named University of North Texas student Michael High as the honorary council member for the month of June.
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