WAXAHACHIE

The Waxahachie City Council denied a single-family residential neighborhood of over 150 lots during their meeting on Monday, Nov. 19.

The Sundance Ridge neighborhood would have been developed on 79.91 acres located West of Ovilla Road and North of Highway 287 and planned to offer 157 lots on 60.568 acres, which would amount to approximately 2.6 lots per acre.

The development proposed reductions from standard single-family 1 residential developments, as outlined by the City of Waxahachie. While most SF1 lot sizes are ordinance at 16,000 square feet, lot sizes for the proposed development range between 8,400 and 10,000 square feet. Thirty-six lots from the development met the city’s minimum size of 16,000 square feet. However, minimum home sizes were about 2,000 square feet and the city requires a minimum of 2,200 square feet, depending on the lot size.

The Planning and Zoning commission recommended approval of the development, as long as the lot sizes were increased to the city minimum of 16,000 square feet. Council member Chuck Beatty said the council denied the proposal because the lot sizes were not adjusted.

“We had already allowed a lot of those to be platted all over the city,” Beatty said. “We were concerned about over-saturation with that size of a lot.”

According to the staff report, the proposed development would increase traffic onto Ovilla Rd. with the intention to spur the Texas Department of Transportation to begin widening Ovilla Rd. from a two-lane undivided rural roadway to a six-lane rural roadway with curb, gutter and a raised median. The road is currently not designed to handle heavy traffic loads that would be generated by residential development.

Amenities for the development included a landscaped entry onto FM 664, a narrow natural trail, a neighborhood playground and picnic areas throughout one of the open space areas. The concept plan shows the open space area of over five acres.

Beatty said the applicant could rework the proposal and bring it back to the Planning and Zoning commission at a later date.

“We want those smaller lots eliminated,” Beatty said. “Hopefully they’ll go back to the drawing board and come back with something that is acceptable.”