By 1812Blockhouse

On Tuesday night, Mansfield City Council approved rezoning for a major new housing development on the city’s south side.

They voted to rezone 63 separate parcels representing 16.5 acres of Brushwood Estates into a planned unit development (PUD), opening up the area west of South Main Street and north of Straub Road. This area was previously limited to single-family homes.

Blue Door Development has envisioned constructing 20 modern duplexes for the site, each offering 1,700 square feet of space. Each would have two stories and include a one car garage.

A public hearing preceded the vote to allow for comment on the proposal.

Public Hearing Highlights:

During the hearing, Director of Permitting and Development Adrian Ackerman introduced the PUD, explaining that this planned unit development is somewhat different. Located just off Brushwood, the area had been plotted by an older developer years ago. They have since resolved issues related to lot sizes not meeting current zoning standards. The developer is in an R-1 zone, which only permits single-family homes, but they aim to include duplexes and townhomes in the development. As rezoning to any other classification would create an isolated zone, they requested the PUD for more flexibility in housing types, provided they remain residential. The City Planning Commission had approved this request in April.

Council members raised questions, prompting William Barber of Blue Door Development Group to introduce himself.

Barber discussed his role and received a compliment from a council member, acknowledging the critical need for housing and expressing appreciation for his efforts citywide. He assured that the Fourth Street development project, which faced zoning challenges, was a learning experience, and future projects would comply strictly with current R-1 zoning setbacks. Another council member noted the proximity of the Fourth Street houses to the main road and inquired if the next project would follow a similar pattern. Barber clarified that the Brushwood project would adhere to all required setbacks, ensuring proper distance from the road.

With no further questions from the council or the audience, the public hearing concluded, and the rezoning was approved.

Source, Image: City of Mansfield

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