The City Council approved a residential area that includes houses and a public park.
The council reviewed the Gateway Lakes project at its Nov. 3 meeting. The development sits on the intersection of North Kimball Avenue and East Kirkwood Boulevard.
Council passed the development 4-2, with Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Muller and Councilwoman Carolyn Morris voting against it.
The property would feature 39 residential lots and one future commercial lot in addition to a public park.
Gateway Park would be open to the public, but maintained by the Gateway Lakes Homeowners Association. The park’s 3.64 acres are mostly wetlands and would not be manicured. The natural park features a trail, boardwalk, viewing pier and picnic tables.
The trail and boardwalk areas would be composed of a strong composite material.
Developer Tom Matthews said the park preserves the natural elements on the property.
“We just don’t have that feature anywhere else in Southlake,” he said.
Councilman Randy Williamson was interested in the opportunity for fishing at the park.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to expand a service that folks can do on their own,” he said.
Matthews said Carroll students may be able to use the park for fishing activities, saying currently they would have to drive to Bob Jones Nature Center, which takes up a lot of class time.
The property is next to Carroll Middle School and would feature a gate for school use to access the park.
Council members, including Mayor John Terrell, expressed concerns about not having enough detail on the park. The developer will come back with a more detailed site plan to the Council that will highlight trash can locations and more.
The average residential lot size on the development is 1,200 square feet with the largest being 2,100 square feet.
The developer hopes to begin construction in late spring.