Residents in the Austin Landing development in Sherman will soon be getting a host of new neighbors as the property owners got approval for large lots with smaller widths than normally required.


Stonehollow Homes recently secured a variance from the Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission’s board of adjustments to allow four of the 90 lots in phase three of the development to have lot widths under 60 feet, as is normally required by city ordinance. The lots for phase three of the Austin Landing development are in the 4600-5300 blocks of North Travis Street between North Creek Drive and Kreager Road.


“We originally did the subdivision and had it approved by city council back in October, but it was brought to our attention that our lot widths (didn’t work),” surveyor Richard Hovas of Westwood Professional Services said to the commission. “We had designed them at 60-foot lot widths at the building line and that did not meet your requirement. So we’re coming back for a variance on these four lots.”


Of the four lots that received the variance, three are near the corner of Endicott Drive and Aspen Way; the fourth is at the corner of Berkshire Lane and Ambergate Lane. The three grouped together at Endicott Drive and Aspen Way have widths of 54.16 feet, 44.34 feet and 39.58 feet, while the lot at Berkshire and Ambergate lanes has a width of 53.93 feet.


“The smallest one is 8,800 square feet,” Hovas said. “We adjusted all the other lots to make them 60 feet.”


When the plat for the development was approved by the commission in September, Stonehollow planned to have 91 lots for residential development, but plans provided to the commission with the variance requests, show the development will now have 90 lots.


Before the board voted on the request, commission member Sam Thorpe asked Sherman City Engineer Clint Philpott about work being done on Travis Street as there has been a lot of new construction in that area of the city. Philpott said Sherman can’t work on it because it falls under the jurisdiction of the Texas Department of Transportation.


“The funding through TxDOT has been moved to different locations,” Philpott said, explaining work on the road is on hold for now. “The most immediate funding has been moved to (FM) 1417 and (U.S. Highway) 75.”


The board approved the request for variances unanimously.