Tuesday, October 18, 2011
DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved the annexing of 66 acres of land into the city at its meeting Monday, Oct. 17. The unanimous approval of the annexation followed a brief public hearing in which the applicant and developer, The Fife Group, addressed the council.
The land is located south of East Ellendale Road between Southeast Hawthorne Avenue and Southeast Fir Villa Road.
It is designated part of the Barberry Node in the city comprehensive plan. Without the annexation, the area would fall under jurisdiction of both the city of Dallas and Polk County. To ease the planning process, The Fife Group applied to have the land brought completely under city jurisdiction. The land is within the city's urban growth boundary.
City Planner John Swanson said the annexation would not change the current Polk County land-use zoning on the property, which allows for a mix of commercial and residential uses.
According to the city development code, uses allowed on the land include neighborhood commercial, multifamily and single family residential, parks and school facilities.
Paul Trahan, a member of the The Fife Group, said there is no timeline on when construction would begin or specific plans for development at this time.
He did say future plans for the property will be mixed use commercial, residential and space for a new school, if one were proposed.
Before the vote, Councilor Jackie Lawson requested careful consideration when selecting the type of businesses included in the development.
"Don't put any commercial in there that is too big or too repetitive of what we already have," Lawson said. "We shouldn't lose sight of our central commercial district."
The annexation had already gone through a public hearing before the Dallas Planning Commission and received approval. Swanson recommended the council follow suit.
"Based on compliance with all applicable criteria, staff does recommend approval," he said.
Swanson said an ordinance must be presented and approved by the council in a future meeting for the annexation to be final.