Colleyville City Council tackles development

Posted Monday, Jul. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Colleyville City Council’s July 16 meeting including discussion on rezoning land for residential developments and an appeal for a mandatory sidewalk. The discussion included:

Housing on W.L.D. Lockett

The City Council unanimously approved rezoning 10.2 acres of land at 816 W. L.D. Lockett Road for The Estates of Saint Andrews neighborhood.

Hank Dickerson & Company plans to develop 17 lots similar in size to the neighboring Lavaca Trail Estates and Covington housing subdivisions.

Neighbors shared flooding and traffic concerns during the first reading of the rezoning request earlier this month, but only the developer and land owner spoke last week.

John Dickerson, president of Hank Dickerson & Company, said he will use underground drainage and retention ponds to alleviate any drainage issues.

“I feel very confident that we can alleviate any neighbor’s concerns of draining,” he said. “It’s basically engineering and we’re accountable to the city.”

Some citizens said their children play on the street and would be worried about more traffic through their neighborhood, but Councilman Mike Taylor said he believes the plan for emergency gates should alleviate that fear.

Sidewalk appeal

The city considered the request for a sidewalk appeal for the property on 800 Beverly Drive.

The Council voted unanimously to have the owner pay into an escrow fee to fund future sidewalks rather than build a sidewalk now.

This decision is in line with previous sidewalk and sidewalk escrow fee appeals.

The Council will review the current sidewalk policy at an Oct. 29 work session.

Olympic-sized check

The City presented a check for $25,000 to Special Olympics Texas.

The funds were raised during this year’s Colleyville Old Tyme Bar-B-Que and street party.

The annual event, which took place in April, is a two-day affair with a night of free catfish and a day of competitive cooking. The Colleyville Police Department plays a large role in putting the event together with help from the city to raise money for Special Olympics.

Detective Kevin Walling, who spearheads the event, said the police and Special Olympics have a special relationship.

Doug Ray, senior development director, accepted the check for Special Olympics Texas.

“It’s a vehicle to get people with intellectual difficulties involved. But the bigger picture is it helps provide self esteem, self confidence, teamwork. It makes them better in school, it makes them better at the job, it makes them productive in the community,” he said. “That cannot happen without support from the people.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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