Sherman recently gave approvals to requests for a pair of housing developments that could bring nearly 50 new homes to the city.

The Sherman City Council approved a specific use permit to allow 24 patio homes to be built in the 1400-1600 blocks of South FM 1417 and a resolution authorizing a development agreement for 23 residential lots between South Baker Park Drive to the west and West Center Street to the south.

The specific use permit for the patio homes between Quail Run Road and West Park Avenue on FM 1417 was the first item approved by the council, following the approval by the city Planning & Zoning Commission last month.

“This project here is a garden home project,” engineer David Vilbig of Vilbig and Associates PLLC said to the commission. “The lots are 50 feet wide, the front setback is 20 feet, the rear setback is 10 feet and they’re only 100 feet deep. This tract is on (FM) 1417 just north of the existing retirement center and to the north of us is a tract that’s owned for apartments.”

The specific use permit for the planned development, which will include a direct connection to FM 1417 from the neighborhood, was approved unanimously by the commission, though member Joe Gilbert abstained from the discussion and vote as his Joe Gilbert Construction LLC was the prospective buyer from owner SSCGC Holdings LLC. The city council also approved the specific use permit unanimously after holding a public hearing that saw no one come forward to speak on the matter.

The development agreement approved by the council with Homes by Lakeland will see the developer construct public facilities in the first phase of Parkhaven Estates, a 5.446-acre development on the city’s west side.

“This is another residential development,” Director of Engineering Clint Philpott said to the council. “There’s about 23 lots. It’s expected to start construction sometime in the next couple months.”

The agreement also states the developer will construct streets, and water and sanitary sewer mains. Homes by Lakeland will also pay the city a $12,296.88 development fee for public inspection.

Following Philpott’s explanation of the agreement, the council unanimously approved the resolution authorizing it without discussion.