The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the approval of a request Tuesday to rezone 2.96 acres at the northeast corner of College Boulevard and Eisenhower Parkway for a development of town homes. The preliminary approval for rezoning will convert the property from a development district for manufactured homes to a single family residential district.


Six property owners on nearby roads spoke in opposition to the request. Property owner Lila Myser believes the town home development will generate an excess of traffic for the neighborhood. The matter will next have to be approved by the Denison City Council.


“There’s going to be lots of people and lots of traffic,” Myser said. “Denison may need some townhouses, I just don’t think they need to be near this one-story high-end housing addition.”


The planned development for the town homes would allow for a maximum of 30 single-family attached units to be built on the property. The town homes would front onto College Boulevard and Willow Grove Road. As part of the platting process, a right-of-way for Willow Grove Road will be dedicated and the street will be built at the developer’s expense.


Resident Henry Burkhiemer expressed concerns the newly dedicated road would impact properties on Willow Grove Road.


“People are going to lose their property,” Burkhiemer said. “I think they will because if you’ve never been on the road, you don’t know what it looks like. I do.”


Commission Chairman Charles Shearer assured residents the two-way road would only serve to improve the existing properties.


“There’s 25 feet of Willow Grove Road right-of-way already dedicated out of the required 50 feet,” Shearer said. “The other 25 feet will come out of the developer’s property. It will be a legal street to city specifications. The street is going to be improved.”


In addressing citizen concerns for a negative impact on property values, Shearer went on to explain the town homes will be held to strict restrictions in order to guarantee the quality and uniformity of the properties.


“They’re going to be out of pocket more expense in their development process because of what they’re going to have to do to satisfy the city’s specifications,” Shearer said. “They’re not going to be cheap or unattractive. These are not subsidized housing. These are market-rate town homes that will be for sale.”