After an emotionally charged discussion, the Colleyville City Council passed an ordinance approving a housing development on Bluebonnet Drive.The 6-1 vote on May 8 came after more than an hour of discussion from the developer, nearby residents and council members. Since last fall, the community has weighed in on a proposed ordinance to allow developers to use the plot of land for The Preservations on Glade residential district.The vote needed a super majority to pass because 22 percent of the residents within 200 feet of the property voiced their opposition. Councilman Stan Hall was the lone opposition vote.Before voting in favor of the ordinance, councilman Mike Taylor said some of the arguments opposing the development are subjective.“I don’t listen to just one out of five. I listen to everybody. That tells me four out of five people for some reason are not objecting to it,” he said. “I think that the 78 percent of those not against this have some voice in this. I just simply think its appropriate,” he said.The ordinance has had a long journey, with the development plan undergoing several revisions to appease nearby residents and the city.The original plan was introduced with 50-lots. After opposition, the developer reduced the plan to 36.Those in opposition at the May 8 meeting argued that 30 lots would be an appropriate density, but developer Bret Pedigo, a partner of Terra Mana, the company that will own the project, argued that it wouldn’t be financially advantageous.Other than density, Pedigo presented 13 amendments that were made after community input. The two parties have met several times in past weeks. The amendments include fixing drainage problems, additional screening into the neighborhood and how second-story windows will be positioned.“Our goal was to hear the concerns of the residents and find solutions to minimize the impact our development would have on them,” Pedigo said. “We were able to address many of their concerns to find solutions that would enhance the quality of our development while minimizing the impact to them.”Colleyville resident Martha Dameron opposed the original plan, but voiced her support at the meeting.“They’re trying really hard to address the issues people had,” she said.Pedigo said he hopes to break ground in the fall.Matt Quinn, who lives across the street, has spoken at several meetings in opposition of the density issue. After the vote, he was ready to move forward.“I think like all city councils the process is a very difficult one and I think the developer did a very good job of trying to listen to the most amount of issues that the homeowners had,” he said. “Now that the city has voted, we’re going to support the developer in doing the right thing and getting people in there as soon as possible and doing it with integrity.“We hope the developer does what he says he’s gonna do and make the area a good one for Colleyville as a whole,” Quinn said.
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