SHERMAN, TEXAS -- Plans to turn an empty flood zone into 100 luxury apartments have been denied by Sherman Planning and Zoning with a 5 to 3 vote against re-zoning the land to multi-family housing.
Homes in the Field Creek subdivision would have backed up to the apartments. Neighbors there showed the most opposition to the complex, saying it would increase traffic and de-value their properties.
"If I was in their shoes, I probably would've been as upset as they were," P and Z Chairman Don Hicks said.
As Chair, Hicks doesn't vote on the matter, but says he understands why his committee members sided with the neighbors.
"You know I have sympathy for them. If I had spent money and bought a house, I wouldn't want to live next to apartments either," Hicks said.
But committee member Joe Gilbert voted in favor of the apartments. Gilbert says there's a need for rental properties in Sherman and apartments are the best use for this land.
"I want to be pro-economic development and economic growth, and it would've provided an increase in our tax base and jobs for a lot of people," Gilbert said.
Another developer is supposed to break ground next month, just down the road, on the Creed Canyon luxury apartments.
City Engineer Clay Barnett says the Creed Canyon complex, between Highway 82 and Canyon Grove, was approved in March 2012, but the future for the plot of land off North Creek and Field Creek Road remains the same.
"It's currently zoned as R-1, which is single family housing, and that's basically all that can be built there at this time," Barnett said.