WAXAHACHIE — Two public hearings are set to take place on the voluntary annexation of 292 acres at Monday night’s Waxahachie City Council meeting. The public hearings are set for 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Arbors Development, who previously developed the Settlers Glenn subdivision, submitted the request for voluntary annexation. The company is looking to build a new residential development that will be located on Marshall Road near Farm-to-Market Road 664.

“It is going to be composed of one to two-acre tracts of land along with some smaller lots. We are annexing the whole property into the city. Some of it is (already) in the city,” Arbors Development Representative Tony Sanders said previously. “The portion that will be the smaller lots will be larger than Settlers Glen. Again we don’t know for sure what we can put on it until we get it approved with the city.”

Sanders noted that the engineer is currently working on a plan for the project at this time and hopes to see work on the ground starting in 2018. He added that following the two public hearings the approval of the plat that will be used and the zoning for the area would be the next step in the project. The number of lots for the subdivision has not been determined at this time.

In other business, downtown development director Anita Brown will present the annual report on the Downtown Waxahachie Farmer’s Market to the council. Brown will also present a request for a street closure for the Farm to Table Dinner on the square that will be held on Nov. 4 in downtown Waxahachie.

The event sees students from the Waxahachie High School culinary arts department, art and horticulture classes, the Ellis County Master Gardeners and the Downtown Merchants Association host a four-course meal for the community.

The council will also consider:

• A request to continue two public hearings on a request from Helen’s house for a zoning change from a general retail zoning district to a single family-two zoning district on property located at 320 Lynn St. and a specific use permit for a child care facility will be considered by the council.

• Yongfei Lin with the Waxahachie Foot Spa has submitted a request for a specific use permit a medical facility to a allow a massage establishment for full body massage located at 401 N. U.S. Highway 77, Suite 11B will be presented for the council to consider.

• A public hearing will be held on a request from Michael Tull for a specific use permit to allow for a residential accessory building greater or equal to 700 square feet located at 136 Mustang Creek Dr.

• Three public hearings on requests from John DeeGunya with CEI engineering will be held. The first request is for the replat of a lot to create two lots in the Waxahachie Towne Center. The second request is for a specific use permit to allow a restaurant with a drive-in located at 1316 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie. The third request is for a specific use permit for to allow a unified lot sign.

• The council will consider a proposed ordinance amending the city code of ordinances to adopt a wireless services design manual.

The regular Waxahachie City Council meeting is going to take place at 7 p.m. on Monday in the council chambers at city hall located at 401 S. Rogers St. in downtown Waxahachie.

A specially called city council meeting will be held at noon on Aug. 23 in council chambers. The council will host the first public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Director of Finance Charles Harris stated at the July 31 budget workshop that the tax rate would remain the same at $0.68 per $100 valuation.


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