The Colleyville City Council will again vote on a housing development plan that drew opposition from nearby residents.At Tuesday’s meeting, council members will reconsider a proposal to rezone a 12-acre lot on the corner of Bluebonnet Drive and Glade Road, after developers adjusted the plan to reduce the number of homes that would be built.The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved the new plan unanimously on April 8. On March 19, the city council voted to send the development plan back to P&Z commission for further review and another recommendation.When the plan first was considered by the commission on March 8, it was a more dense 48-lot version, and the recommendation was that it be denied. The latest version addressed several issues identified by the commission, council and nearby residents including reducing the amount of homes to 36.Other changes to the plan include saving more trees on the property, having a tree and shrub buffer area from Bluebonnet Drive and having one main entrance into the subdivision rather than houses with access to Bluebonnet.P&Z commissioners noted the developer’s willingness to work with the nearby residents.“I think they’ve bent over backward to try and accommodate the neighbors,” chairman Jeffrey Byerly said. “They’ve made the lion’s share of compromise on this. I haven’t really seen any compromise from the neighbors to say, ‘Oh, this is good,’ or ‘I like that.’“I hope [the developer] can go the rest of the distance with the neighborhood to get them on board by city council,” he said.The rezoning to planned unit development would allow the developer to build houses and lots to different specifications than single-family zoning would require.When the plan first went to council, it needed a super majority to pass for two reasons: the commission’s recommendation to deny the plan, and because more than 20 percent of residents within 200 feet of the property opposed it. This time around, the P&Z has approved the plan, but neighborhood opposition remains.To require standard majority approval, the developer must reduce nearby resident opposition. At the latest commission meeting, some residents like Lisa Pomroy expressed their opposition to the group.Pomroy said she moved to Colleyville for its rural feel and doesn’t want to lose it with a high- density development. She wants the land to stay zoned for single-family developmnt.“I still feel it doesn’t have to be approved with 36 lots,” she said at the meeting. “People who build those large homes are not going to have a pigsty.” This article contains material from the Star-Telegram archive.
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