Flower Mound Town Council denies rezoning request for proposed Lakewood development

Flower Mound Town Council denied a rezoning request for Lakewood, a proposed muiltiuse development, at a Sept. 16 meeting.

Flower Mound Town Council denied a rezoning request for Lakewood, a proposed muiltiuse development, at a Sept. 16 meeting.

Image description
Screen Shot 2019-09-17 at 1.37.39 PM
The future of Lakewood—a proposed multi-use development located north of Long Prairie Road and east of Silveron Boulevard—is uncertain following Flower Mound Town Council’s Sept. 16 denial of a rezoning request by developers.

Council voted 4-1 to deny the zoning request, with Council Member Claudio Forest casting the sole dissenting vote.

The 122-acre property is presently zoned as Planned Development District No. 31, which allows campus commercial uses. The developers of Lakewood requested to have the property rezoned to Planned Development District No. 163, which would have added both residential and non-residential development to the uses permitted on the property.

According to the development’s concept plan and renderings, Lakewood—if the rezoning were approved—would include 170 single-family detached homes and 850 multifamily apartments.

“If all this residential is a heartburn to some people—I get it; I really do,” Forest said. “My biggest concern is how this property will get developed if we say no. To say no to this project, I think, is going to have some dire consequences that I’m really not willing to live with.”

The concept plan, created by planning firm TBG Partners Inc., also shows that Lakewood would have had a hotel, six buildings with 46,000 square feet of retail space, four buildings with 23,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and eight buildings with 244,800 square feet of office space. The development would also have included an ADA-accessible trail system and multiple open space areas surrounding an existing lake that bisects the property.

At the meeting, Lakewood’s representative said the developers worked with a horticulturist and an arborist to create a comprehensive plan for tree conservation surrounding the lake. The representative added that the plan did call for the removal of some invasive Mesquite trees because other types of trees on the property would otherwise be threatened.

Council Members Ben Bumgarner, Jim Pierson and Sandeep Sharma all cited concerns that adding residential uses to the development would exacerbate traffic on FM 2499, Silveron Boulevard, Lakeside Parkway and other surrounding roads.

A traffic impact analysis showed Lakewood was not projected to have a negative effect on traffic on Lakeside Parkway, and FM 2499 and Silveron Boulevard are projected to operate at “failing conditions” with or without the development.

Forest, who dissented, said he believes traffic along FM 2499 will continue to get worse simply due to the growth in the region. He also said that he believes Lakewood would be an asset for all Flower Mound residents.

“I think it’s a good use of this property,” he said. “There’s a lot of open space, a lot of amenities for the town.”

Three residents spoke during the public hearing before the vote. Two of them shared council’s concerns about how the project would affect traffic on roads surrounding the development.

One resident asked council to approve the rezoning request, saying it might be time for change as the property has remained undeveloped for 20 years under its current zoning. She said she also supported Lakewood because it would add significant value to Flower Mound’s property tax revenue.

Pierson said he was not concerned the property would be developed in an undesirable way if council were to deny the rezoning request.

“I just cannot see this occurring the way it’s presented,” he said. “I’m not concerned that PD-31 is going to generate flop houses, a crappy restaurant or a poor grocery store. That’s not going to happen. Come on.”

Before he cast his vote to deny the rezoning request, Pierson said he would be okay with the property remaining as it is—undeveloped.

“I’m hearing ‘urban,’ [that Lakewood is] an 'urban' design—I don’t think of Flower Mound as being urban,” Pierson said. “I think about it as being suburban, a bedroom community. I don’t expect to see this much development in that area … It’s just too much.”
SHARE THIS STORY
By Anna Herod

Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment as the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. In the past, Anna served as the reporter for Community Impact's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle paper. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


MOST RECENT

Thrift City of Lewisville is set to relocate by the end of February. (Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thrift City of Lewisville to remain open, relocate

In December, Thrift City announced it would close. However, it will now remain open in a new location.

aquakids swim school lewisville castle hills
AquaKids Swim School coming soon to Castle Hills

AquaKids Swim School is set to open just in time for summer.

151 coffee
151 Coffee coming soon to Lewisville

A new coffee shop is coming to Lewisville this spring.

(Photo by Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Infrastructure construction to begin on Tequesta subdivision in Highland Village

Construction crews will begin construction on the infrastructure for the Tequesta subdivision in Highland Village this month, according to officials.

smash burger flower mound
Smash Burger of Flower Mound closed

The restaurant, which was located on justin Road, closed at the end of December.

lewisville fire department fire chief timothy tittle
Lewisville Fire Chief Timothy Tittle dies after cancer battle

Lewisville Fire Chief Timothy Tittle died early in the morning of Jan. 20 after years of battling cancer, according to officials.

Photo Courtesy Labyrinth Reality Games
Labyrinth Reality Games now open in Lewisville

Labyrinth Reality Games is an immersive reality realm featuring art installations, escape rooms and interactive experiences.

texas capitol building fotolia stock image
Public education the focus of upcoming forums with candidates for the Texas Legislature

The events are hosted by nonprofit advocacy group Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

lewisville isd
Two candidates file to run for Lewisville ISD board of trustees

On May 2, voters will get to cast a ballot to fill Places 6 and 7 on the Lewisville ISD board of trustees.

(Photo by Jason Lindsay/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eggspress Cafe now open in Highland Village

The cafe serves breakfast and lunch items such as pancakes, waffles, crepes, hamburgers, chicken, steak, energy bowls and more. Visitors can order handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks.

hand placing ballot in ballot box fotolia stock image
Candidates begin to file to run for Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village councils in May 2 elections

Candidates began filing Jan. 15 to run for election for various seats on Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village councils.

(Photo by Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper)
La Quinta by Wyndham now open in Lewisville

The new hotel opened at the end of 2019.

Back to top