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Pecan Lakes IV park variance approved

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Pecan Lakes Estates Phase IV was back on the agenda of the March 24 Regular Meeting of the Navasota Planning and Zoning Commission. After a public hearing with no comments against, commissioners approved the variance request to Chapter 10, Subdivision Regulation related to Parkland Dedication and Parkland Development Fees submitted by James Hassell. The motion, however, also included a requirement for lighting in the cul-de-sac plus water and sewer taps for future City use.

Hassell’s application requested approval of 4.018 additional acres above the minimum Parkland Dedication requirement and a cul-de-sac with sidewalk improvements for parking and access, in lieu of the $68,000 Parkland Development fee. Based on the recent sale price of adjoining pop erty, the acreage was valued at $14,000 per acre. It was estimated that the cost of Hassell’s improvements is $82,000-$92,000.

Responding to commissioners’ inquiries about property’s ownership and maintenance, it was clarified that the land will become property of the City of Navasota for development of a public park, will be maintained by the City and can never be used for anything but a park

City Manager Jason Weeks also clarified that the City was not prohibited from entering in-to an agreement with a HOA for park development.

Development Services Director Lupe Diosdado also pointed out that the total amount of land dedicated, 12.143 acres, sufficiently covered the parkland requirement for all four phases of Pecan Lakes Estates, which maintains the level of service to residents the Parkland and Parkland Dedication sections of the Subdivision Ordinance were intended to

According to Hassell, the 195 new homesites will also have new builders - Friendswood Development Company Lennar Corporation and Rausch Coleman Homes.

Other business

Before adjourning, commissioners approved the minutes of the March 10 meeting. Present were commissioners Dia Copeland, Debbie Hancock, James Harris, Carolyn Katkoski, chairperson Randy Peters and Todd Wisner. Dr. John Walla was absent

Present on behalf of the City were Marketing & Communications Coordinator Bobbie Ullrich, Economic Development Specialist Rayna Willenbrink and City Manager Jason Weeks. Josh Fultz was the city council liaison.

P&Z meets the second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. in city council chambers at 200 E. McAlpine Street The schedule for P&Z meetings and meeting videos is available at