By KAROLYN GEPHART
The possibility of a gated community with high end homes is happening in Manvel.
The Manvel City Council approved an amendment to the development agreement for Pomona subdivision that allows for the construction of luxury homes in a gated community.
The amendment allows for 80-foot lots mixed with 70-foot lots. The developer reported seeing an increase in homes worth between $400,000 and $700,000.
Homebuilders Coventry and Toll Brothers have expressed interest in building the homes which are proposed next to the bayou in the bend.
Pomona developers showed the Council two maps. One showed where the proposed building site is empty and another depicted where the new homes would be in a gated community. City officials report that the proposed development would be in MUD No. 39 and MUD. No 40.
With 11 subdivisions in various stages of active development and more in discussion, the City of Manvel has projected 30,000 new residents will be in Manvel within the next 10 years.
These developments began when large property owners entered agreements with developers approximately 15 years ago.
Several large tracts of property remain on the market. Discussion about these was held by Council and other groups to come up with ideas on how sales of these properties could affect projected population and growth patterns.
Since most of the current residential development is near State Hwy. 288 and Hwy. 6, future property sales will open the center of Manvel proper for development, city officials reported.