After hearing several revisions, the Colleyville Council approved a 43-acre zoning change from agricultural to residential for a neighborhood with 34 lots. The neighborhood, to be called Oak Alley, is located on the north side of John McCain Road, just east of Holly Lane, at 1312 John McCain Road and 7309 N. Holly Lane, Colleyville.
The intent is to rezone the property to unify it into one cohesive, high-quality, master-planned residential neighborhood, according to city documents.
"This is an iconic piece of land," Mayor Richard Newton said at the Feb. 19 meeting.
Newton discussed how much time the council and staff had spent reviewing the plans for this neighborhood and the work the applicant had put into bringing it to Colleyville's standards. Originally the applicant had requested 36 lots ranging from 26,000 square feet to 1.31 acres with home values averaging approximately $2.5 million per lot.
The plan the council approved included changes, including that the total number of single-family residential lots be reduced to 34. The land was also redistributed to create lot sizes with a minimum of 30,000 square feet. The proposed pond along Holly Lane was removed and the area will remain an open space lot maintained by the homeowners' association. Opposition from the nearby property owners to the development had been repealed through letters, reducing the total opposition to about 11 percent.
The council approved the development unanimously.
"I will say I’ve never seen an applicant/developer willing to do so many things to try to resolve issues for the residents," Newton said to the applicant during the meeting. "You’ve told me over and over that this is going to be a high-quality development—that is written in the ordinance. I absolutely believe that is going to happen."