Council approves smaller lot sizes for The Lakes

Posted Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Keller City Council amended the land use plan and changed zoning requirements for The Lakes, a proposed single family development in the 8800 block of Clay Hibbins Road.

Instead of the required 25,000 square-foot lots, The Lakes will have a mixture of 25,000, 20,000 and 12,000 square-foot lots.

Nearby residents once objecting to the development withdrew letters of opposition after additional meetings with the developer, which resulted in changes such as reducing the number of lots from 35 to 33 and keeping lots on the western edge of the development as low density.

The land use plan and zoning change, tabled during a May 21 council, passed June 4 with a 5-2 vote with council members Debbie Bryan and Bill Dodge in opposition.

Only a handful of people spoke during the meeting about The Lakes, some who were once opposed telling council members they were pleased with the revisions.

“I think it’s a good plan. It’s been changed a number of times to accommodate the neighbors,” said Adrian Casey. “One of the things that has made Keller what it is, is being able to adapt to changing times. And changing times today call for smaller lots and bigger houses.”

Roseanna Flanagan said change is not what homeowners in the area want.

“I just cannot understand why we cannot keep this low density as it has been zoned,” she said. “The developers keep coming in over and over again until they get their way. They make a lot of money and they leave ...We who live there, it’s our one and only investment.

Bryan said when people are buying their homes, which is the biggest purchase of their life, they should be able to count on the future land use plan without changes.

“I just have a hard time saying, ‘Well guess what? Now we’re changing it on you,’” she said. “It seems like right now we are getting inundated. Whatever the zoning is, there is a desire to have it taken down every time. I would love to see more developers come in here and build at our current zoning, or at least to the land use plan.”

John Hoffmann said the trade off for less lots worked well in this case, getting in return better road alignment, better drainage and quality homes while keeping the creek, trees and some green space.

Hoffmann said as it stands before the vote, the developer could go in and put 24 lots down, all in a row, without keeping green space or helping with drainage or other issues as planned with this development.

“I think the trade off is worthwhile,” he said. “We get a much higher quality development for the homeowners and for the community.”

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