The subdivision has been proposed near the roundabout at McDonwell School Road and Westcoat Drive, according to a statement of planning objectives provided by Hat Creek Development. Hat Creek Development stated in a letter to the city that home prices would start at about $2.5 million. The developer is requesting 59.47 acres to be rezoned from agriculture and single-family estate residential to a planned unit development district with 56 lots.
The intent for rezoning is to unify the property into one cohesive, master planned residential development of the highest quality, the planning objective stated.
Council members voiced concerns during the meeting over the development’s drainage and traffic. Community Development Director Ben Bryner told council that the developer has not yet conducted a traffic study.
Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Wheat said she was concerned over the neighborhood cutting off public access to sidewalks that connect to Pleasant Run Soccer Complex and Park. Wheat said the development should mirror the Oak Alley neighborhood, which made all of its sidewalks and trails publicly accessible.
"It's crucial there's pedestrian access," Wheat said. "I think that's really important."
Prior to the meeting, the council received five letters in support, including one signed by 19 nearby property owners, and 20 letters in opposition to the development. Several concerns brought up during the public comment portion of the meeting related to drainage, increased traffic, the project's density and the ability to maintain Colleyville's unique character.
"Let's please do what is best for Colleyville," resident Kelly Miller said during public comment. "Let's make wise decisions when planning and zoning, so we don't realize one day that Colleyville has lost the very qualities that helped make it unique, quaint and desirable."
Residents who voiced support for the development want the subdivision to keep its original plans and have its main entrance on the west side of McDonwell School Road. Heidi Hughes was one attendee who voiced concerns about possibly moving the entrance to the east as it is a gravel road with farm houses and horse barns.
"Make no mistake, this property is going to be sold to someone, and this is our opportunity to get it right," Hughes said.
Wheat said the council will work to schedule a meeting with the developer that would be open to residents.
A second discussion on the proposed Greystone Manor is expected at the Aug. 2 City Council meeting. City Manager Jerry Ducay said the council is expected to table the discussion at the Aug. 2 meeting and continue discussions in special meetings in the future. People may also send comments about the project to the city secretary’s office at [email protected]
“There will be a lot for [council] to continue to go through, and this will not be a short process,” council member Chuck Kelley said.
Below is a map showing the proposed project's location near McDonwell School Road and Westcoat Drive in Colleyville.
Editor's note: The original post has been edited to correct errors. The city manager is Jerry Ducay. The letters of support included one letter signed by 19 nearby property owners.