Fairview Park zoning change rejected

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. - A controversial plan to build apartments near Fairview Park is apparently a dead deal, at least for now. Residents spoke out about future development in the area and Planning & Zoning Commissioners handed down a decision.

A room full of neighbors from the Fairview Park residential area showed up to Sherman’s Planning and Zoning meeting on Tuesday night and voiced concerns one by one.

In this case, many believe their voices were heard.

Taylor Street runs through the middle of Fairview Park, and residents like Brady McGuire who live in that area say it’s already crowded enough. “I live within 3 blocks of the proposed development, and my major concern is we already have too many apartments in the area."

Along Taylor Street are several apartment complexes, Fairview School and Girls, Inc., so the proposed new zoning request to add a multi-family housing complex is not something neighbors were happy to see.

And crowding, they say, isn't the only issue. McGuire says, "Related to that are extra traffic and the addition flooding with more land under concrete."

Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission had the issue on their agenda and dozens of people turned out to protest it.

Jarrod Anderson, whose family owns those 32 acres in question, says neighbors were given mis-leading information. “Absolutely. Extremely misled. One of their biggest arguments is the flooding. There's a flood plane in our land, but this apartment is only going on 8 acres of the 32 that we own."

Anderson says the developer wanted the issue tabled because he wasn't ready to present his plan, “We wanted to table the motion because there were other issues that need to be addressed."

But the issue was not tabled. Instead the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to reject the zone change, not allowing a complex to be built.

Most residents are happy with the vote, but know this may not be the end. McGuire says, "I believe we are done until they reapply with changes in the request."

But Anderson says it’s not what he was hoping for. "I don't feel it is right."

Anderson says they plan on appealing the decision. He doesn't know the specifics of the developer's plan and wishes he were able to have been at the meeting to speak and dispel what he calls "wrong information."

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  • by rutherford Location: a house bigger than yours on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:08 PM
    everyone on here sounds like a big grayson county redneck.ten to fifeteen years from now you won't even recognize sherman as it is today.a whole bunch of smart people from about 60 miles south of here are gonna move in and totally takeover.grayson co.rednecks will never have a say about any of it.
  • by here Location: gone on Apr 25, 2008 at 11:11 AM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Ok well, if you don't like the way it looks then why are you fighting to keep it here? No Eddie has not giving the property to his children we all own a portion of the land!
  • by Pat Location: Denison on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    Has Eddie given the property to his kids? Just curious.
  • by Leroy Location: sherman on Apr 25, 2008 at 12:48 AM
    I say let the property owner do what he wants with it. It's his, he paid for it in the first place. Apartments or park, it doesn't really matter. If all else fails the buyer could build some mega duplexes, the P & Z can't deny those, We asked them to deny the ones on the eastside and they approved them anyway.
  • by Cowboy Location: Sherman on Apr 24, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    Bring on the cows! Makes me feel more at home to hear them at night. :)
  • by Denison Location: Denison on Apr 24, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    Brittnay Don't want to know you. Obviously it is what it is. Go across the street and look back at the area!
  • by Resident Location: Sherman on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    I'd rather have stinking cows.
  • by in the know Location: Sherman on Apr 24, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Having lived in Sherman a very long time, I see that many of you are correct. We do NOT need more apts. in Sherman. They are built and then no one makes sure they are taken care of or that the people living in them following the rules. Crime is always rampant in apt. area's, and this would be no exception. I agree with the City buying the property and extending the Park.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Apr 24, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    You have apparentlly never lived next to cows. I have, and you do not smell them. At least cows don't come on to your property and use your pool and break in to cars like at the apartments I live. We have had nothing good since they built the low housing next door. You would think if the government is nice enough to help people they would try to better themselves, but no, they just get lazier and meaner. People have moved from here because of that place and now the ones moving in are not much to be proud of.
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