Colleyville — The Planning & Zoning Commission will get another look at a proposed housing development on Bluebonnet Drive that aims to bring 36 additional lots to the city.At the March 19 meeting, city council members voted to send The Preservations on Glade development back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for additional consideration and a recommendation. Commissioners will address the plan’s latest revisions on April 8.Residents have opposed the ordinance, which has been revised four times. The Council has considered two revisions.Colleyville resident Jackie Gardner, who lives on Bluebonnet Drive, said she enjoys looking across her front yard and seeing the trees in the proposed development location. “Everybody that lives in Bluebonnet has grown accustomed to the quiet area, not a whole lot goes on. It’s quiet.” she said at the meeting. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like when all the houses go up, street lights, porch lights, what not. I’m opposed to the zoning change.”Gardner isn’t alone. Twenty-seven percent of the residents living within 200 feet of the development responded to a mandatory city notice with opposition of an earlier version of the plan that housed 48 lots.The initial proposal requested the Council’s approval to rezone the 12-acre area on the corner of Bluebonnet Dr. and Glade Road from single family residential to a planned unit residential development.That change would allow developers to build houses and lots to specifications that differ from housing requirements in single family residential zones. In the latest revision, developers want to build 36 dwelling units with a maximum density of 3.0 lots per acre for single-family residences and common open space areas, according to a city council agenda briefing.After internal discussion, the City Council voted to send the ordinance back to P&Z, which recommended denying the 48-lot plan earlier this year. Councilman Stan Hall said the people he represents strongly oppose the development.“They still speak negatively against it. Still,” he said. “This is what they want. They don’t want this development.”Ron Ruthven, the city’s community development director, said it generally takes about three weeks for an ordinance to move from the Commission to City Council.He said the city will send another notice to residents who might want to address the latest 36-lot plan.Curtis Young, the architect for The Preservations, said the developer will inform nearby residents of the plan’s latest changes.“Frankly, I don’t know what else we can do to make this a friendly plan to our neighbors to the east,” Young said at the meeting. “We really feel we have responded to every concern or input that we’ve received.”In order to pass, the plan needs a super majority approval because P&Z recommended denying it and more than 20% of nearby residents opposed the plan. On its second go around, the plan would only need a majority vote if it can change the minds of the commission and residents.At the March 19 meeting, Councilman Mike Taylor said he wanted to approve the plan.“I just don’t think there’s a problem with this project,” he said. “This right now would work.”Taylor said the community’s collective problems were density and drainage, both of which have been addressed in the latest version. “If you’re just wanting it to stay vacant just because you’re used to it, the only way is to buy the property,” he said. “If you just don’t want something behind your house, we’ll have to agree to disagree.”Some residents voiced concern over increased flooding if the current vegetation in the area is replaced with housing and concrete.Colleyville resident Harold Whitten, who lives downstream of the development on Garry Lynne, presented several before-and-after photos of his back yard to demonstrate current flooding problems that he said would get worse.“I’m frustrated because this continues to be a problem for us homeowners,” he said to the council. “With more and more concrete going in and less absorption from raw land, this problem continues to be perpetuated.”Young said the development has addressed the flooding concerns. He said the plan calls for underground drainage that will capture rainwater and direct it to detention ponds and eventually creeks further downhill.
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