Southlake City Council approved during its Dec. 4 meeting the first reading of a request to allow for the development of a residential neighborhood, Oxford Place, including 11 lots averaging over 44,000 square feet each.

The approximately 12.64-acre property for the potential development is south of East Highland Street, west of Carroll Middle School and near the intersection of Highland and East Kirkwood Boulevard, according to the meeting agenda packet.

The applicant for the development, Sage Group Inc., originally proposed a gated development for 13 lots with a private street during a Nov. 6 City Council meeting. However, based on council members’ feedback, the applicant revised the proposal to eliminate the gated entrance and provide for a public cul-de-sac street.

Council members unanimously voted in favor to pass the first reading, provided the developer explore green space and stylistic options for the neighborhood.

A public hearing regarding the development is scheduled to take place Jan. 15, and a second reading is necessary before plans are officially approved, according to the meeting agenda packet.