The developers of a planned 300 unit apartment complex on FM 1417 will ask the Sherman City Council to overturn a denial Monday that they received from the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission last month. The council will consider a request for a zoning change for the apartments from a retail business district to a multifamily district during its regular meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry St.
Citing issues raised by homeowners from the Preserve and Country Ridge Estates neighborhoods, as well as the city’s FM 1417 Overlay District, the P&Z commission denied the request of property owners Graham Mortgage Corp. last month for an apartment complex that would be on the southwest corner of Quail Run Road and FM 1417. The developers are appealing the decision to the council.
The commission unanimously approved the motion to deny, though commission members Chris Vellotti, Sam Thorpe and Clay Mahone were absent from the meeting. It made the decision after nine homeowners from and around the Preserve and Country Ridge Estates neighborhoods expressed concerns about traffic, property values and safety. It also went into a short executive session before the motion to deny in order to consult with City Attorney Brandon Shelby about possible ramifications of making a decision.
The awarding of a contract for the design of a new Sherman Fire Station No. 4 will also be considered by the council. The city announced plans in 2015 to relocate the fire station from its current location at the corner of FM 1417 and U.S. Highway 75 to the west side of Northgate Drive in the Blalock Industrial Park.
The council will also hold the first public hearing on the planned annexation of 459.6 acres on Preston Club Drive into the city limits. Property owners from 259 of the 331 individual tracts of land in the area signed an annexation petition to join the city.
A two-year renewal of the city’s residential tax abatement program will also be considered as part of an effort to promote development and redevelopment in certain parts of the city.
The council will also discuss the city’s panhandling/right-of-way safety regulations as a number of citizens have expressed concerns with the safety of vehicle operators and solicitors. City staff is seeking more information from the council before moving forward with any possible action.
Public hearings will also be held on site plans approved by the P&Z commission for new liquor stores to be opened at 1711 North FM 1417 and 2916 N. U.S. Highway 75, suite 100. A separate public hearing will be held for the planned repeal and replacement of the city’s liquefied petroleum gas ordinance because of a suit filed by the Texas Propane Gas Association.
A proclamation is also on the agenda to name April 22 as Texoma Earth Day in Sherman. The proclamation would go along with the planned Texoma Earth Day Festival set for the same day.
The council will also hold a special meeting on Friday at noon in the council chambers to receive a financial update from city staff and provide input for the 2017-2018 city budget.
Near the end of Monday’s meeting, the council will hold a closed executive session to discuss personnel matters, deliberate on economic development negotiations and consult with the city attorney on possible litigation. The council will then return to open session to take any action deemed necessary on the items discussed.