The Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission issued an approval recommendation for the final plat of the County Lane Addition on Wednesday, paving the way for the item’s consideration before the city council.

The 46.329 acre development, located across U.S. Highway 77 from Dunaway Elementary School, will be the site of a “senior citizens campus,” according to documents submitted to the commission.

Prior to the issuance of building permits, the public infrastructure for the project must either be in place for the city to accept, or the funds to secure that infrastructure be placed in an escrowed account.

The site borders the location of the new Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center, which will replace the facility located on Patrick Street.

Ken Mitchell, the applicant, said he hopes to start infrastructure construction within the next four weeks, and that construction on the villas could begin as soon as October.

The commission also issued a recommendation for approval of a specific use permit to allow Sunset Enni, Inc. (DBA Sunset Waxahachie) to perform truck repair and maintenance on its company-owned equipment at its facility located at 7100 Interstate 35E.

Based out of Fort Worth, the company has about 45 tractor-trailers located at the 5-acre facility, which would hold a maximum of about 50 vehicles.

Work on the vehicles will only take place inside the building and will only be for the company’s trucks, a representative said.

Several items were continued to the July 25 meeting, including public hearings for a requested zoning change for the northeast corner of Park Place Boulevard and U.S. Highway 287 for retail and office uses and s proposed site plan for the demolition of the existing Taco Bell restaurant and construction of a new, prototype restaurant in its place. Consideration of the Taco Bell site plan also was continued until that meeting.

All items recommended for approval by the commission go to the city council, which will likely consider them during its July 16 meeting at City Hall.

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