Decision on rezoning 20-acre lot off FM920 postponed

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Areas in Weatherford continue to be developed further as more businesses are attracted to Parker County.

But one piece of land off Farm Road 920 has failed to receive permission to be rezoned as a commercial lot so a convenience store such as a 7-Eleven could be put there.

The owners first asked that the whole 20-acre lot be made a commercial lot but they were turned down.

In May, the Planning and Zoning Commission disagreed with the zoning. But the resident asked that it be put on the agenda of the June 11 Weatherford City Council meeting, asking that only one section of it be rezoned even without the board’s approval.

Some residents said they did not want a convenience store there because of the traffic it would bring to the road.

Bobbie Narramore said whether it is approved of or not, a turning lane should be put in to help ease any added congestion.

Cynthia Wilson, a neighbor to the piece of land, said she worries about the extra traffic and light a store might bring.

Wilson described the area surrounding it – a residential area that contains about 35 homes – and said she wants to keep the area a residential one.

“Everyone is very concerned about going commercial,” Wilson said. “It’s a real worry for us.”

Jerry Waller lives just east of the property and said he has lived there for 20 years and doesn’t want a store put in, pointing out that it would likely be located only about 75 feet from his house.

“I’m dead against anything commercial going up there,” Waller said.

Waller also worried that such a store would be too close to a nearby church if they decided to sell alcohol.

Residents also spoke against a store that might bring more trash and crime to the area.

The resident requesting the rezoning was not able to attend the meeting so any decision was postponed until the next council meeting June 25.

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