A revamped Diamond Creek Estates project didn’t go far enough for the City Council.
The controversial neighborhood is proposed on 187 acres on Gertie Barrett Road just south of Linda Jobe Middle School in northwest Mansfield.
The developer cut 67 lots out of the project, putting the total proposed homes at 420. But council members want the lot count reduced further.
After hours of discussion, the council voted 5-2 to approve the zoning change on first reading Monday. The council stipulated that the lots be limited to 383, at least for now.
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The neighborhood comes back for second reading Dec. 12. City Secretary Jeanne Heard will set up meetings with the residents and the developer to work out the differences.
Several residents pleaded with the council to limit the neighborhood to 250 lots.
The council voted on a motion to limit the neighborhood to 250 homes, but it failed with a 3-4 vote. Council members Cory Hoffman, Stephen Lindsey and Wendy Burgess voted yes.
James Mershon, whose property backs up to the proposed site, said the project should be limited to one phase until Gertie Barrett Road can be improved.
“If we go past that, we’re going to have a traffic jam in that area that is beyond our control,” Mershon said.
Gertie Barrett could be widened and improved as part of the development, possibly through a developer’s agreement, said Terrance Jobe, president of Alluvium Development.
“We are willing to work with the city to do that,” Jobe said.
Bart VanAmburgh, director of public works, said the developer would at least be responsible for improvements on Gertie Barrett Road that fronts the neighborhood. Looking farther north to the frontage at Linda Jobe Middle School, there’s no guarantee that could be funded in the next few years, he said.
Lindsey said he’s concerned about building a neighborhood around the two XTO Energy well sites.
“We have to build around gas wells that have been previously approved,” Lindsey said.
The biggest problem is the constant truck traffic necessary to haul the produced water away from the pad sites, Lindsey said. He suggested working with XTO Energy to relocate all the water tanks to the pad site closest to Gertie Barrett Road. That way, the truck traffic would be limited to just one site.
Jobe said he’s been in talks with officials at XTO Energy.
“We’ll certainly see if we can get that,” Jobe said.
Mill Valley gets final approval
In other action, the council unanimously approved a zoning change for the Mill Valley neighborhood at Texas 360 and the future extension of Matlock Road in the southeast corner of Mansfield.
The council limited the neighborhood to 187 lots, nine less than the developer had requested.
“The size of the lots is the biggest concern,” Mayor David Cook said of the original proposal.
Also, the minimum house size was increased to 2,000 square feet. The developer originally proposed 1,800-square-foot minimum homes.
Those changes mean the Mill Valley neighborhood will have more 65- and 75-foot-wide lots and fewer 55-foot-wide lots.
The developer, Nelson Mitchell, eliminated all the 50-foot lots. The 62-acre neighborhood will have an 11.3-acre park in the center of the project with trails and open space.