WAXAHACHIE

The Waxahachie City Council approved several plats, permits and zoning changes during their final meeting of the year on Monday evening.

The council began the meeting by recognizing Jeanee Smiles, Waxahachie Senior Activity Center director, for recently receiving the Caring for Others Award from Woodmen Life Fraternal Chapter 46. Smiles was commended for her several outreach efforts not just with senior residents in Waxahachie, but also with younger residents as well.

“She’s poured her heart and soul into this,” Parks and Recreation director John Smith said. “Sometimes, outside these walls of city hall, it’s not noticed.”

Last year, the Activity Center delivered 1,800 gifts to seniors all across Ellis County through its “Be A Santa To A Senior” program. This year they’ve collected 1,600 gifts, and they have a gift-wrapping party 4 p.m. Thursday at the center, which is located at 122 Park Hill Drive.

“I’ve come up with a lot of wild ideas for the senior center,” Smiles remarked. “Your support has made a lot of them come into fruition.”

Smiles said she’s grateful for working with the city council over the last eight years and their collaboration over the Senior Activity Center.

“This isn’t about me, and it isn’t about the senior center,” she said. “It’s about the community.”

The council went into its regular agenda after unanimous approval of the consent agenda.

CAMDEN ESTATES

The city council approved several plats during their regular agenda. The most substantial consideration was for a preliminary plat for phase three of Camden Estates, which was unanimously approved.

The mixed-use development is for 432 lots on 133 acres at the intersection of Peters Street and Parks School House Road. The proposed zoning will include 160 garden home lots that will be age-restricted and 208 single-family lots that are a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

The development will contain a five-acre residential gathering space and a central open space that will include an amenity center with an adjoining swimming pool. A walking trail will circle the five acres that will link with the 24-acre open area and lake that was recently completed in phase one of the project. A 2.7-acre dog park is proposed for the northwest corner of the site, as well as two pickleball courts within age-restricted garden homes.

The council denied one specific use permit for a rooftop solar panel system at 209 Hacienda Drive because the panels were not permitted for the front of a right-of-way. The council voted 4-0 against the measure, with council member Melissa Olson abstaining.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22.

“I hope everybody has a really good Christmas this year,” Mayor Kevin Strength said. “And a Happy New Year.”