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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