Subdivision proposed along CR 48

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A joint public hearing of City Council and Planning and Zoning Monday focused on a proposed single family subdivision along County Road 48.

City staff recommended a requested zone change that would allow the proposed residential development to move forward. The recommendation was based on the proposal being consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, staff said, and that it would have “no negative effects on surrounding property.”

Applicant Alan Mueller, representing owners Joe and Darlene Laney and John McMahan, said deed restrictions for the new community would match neighboring Southern Trails, though the development would have its own HOA.

Former Councilman Larry Marcott spoke during the public hearing Monday, stating his opposition to smaller lots.

“They are inexpensive houses, not the bigger houses we need to keep up with the cost of services vs. what we get back in taxes,” he said. “I’m opposed to those situations.”

Requested is a zoning designation of single family-1, or R-1, on approximately 32.3 acres of largely undeveloped land. Approximately 20 acres lies within city limits, with the remainder along County Road 48 now in the process of annexation. Consideration of final approval of annexation is set for Jan. 26.

Ninety-nine lots are proposed for the development. According to the builder Beazer homes, price ranges are $260,000 to $300,000.

Nearby areas are zoned as large lot residential.

The applicant is planning a “Cluster Development,” which would allow the developer to decrease the lot width from the required 80 feet to a proposed mix of 60 and 55-foot-wide lots.

“We need quality houses in our community,” Marcott told the council during the public hearing session. “And these lead me in the direction that that’s not what we’re going to get.”

The requested zone change for the development will require two readings before city council before earning final approval.

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