By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
The City of Belton met on Monday night for a special meeting of the city council to discuss three planning items that were pulled off last week’s agenda because of lack of quorum.
The City of Belton is growing to the west and new developments are underway. Concerns brought up with new subdivisions is cul-de-sacs, drainage and topography issues.
A public hearing was held to consider a preliminary plat for Highland Estates, Phase III. Highland Estates, Phase III is a 34-lot subdivision to be developed into single-family homes. The 15.23 acre tract of land is located east of the existing Highland Estates Subdivision, Phase I and Highland Estates, Phase II.
Considerations for Phase III included: Cul-de-sac variances, single access for subdivisions that exceed 30 lots and adequate grading plan, that the subdivision be dually accessible for a proposed park site and the requirements for sidewalks on Sparta Road. These considerations were passed unanimously.
Also discussed were the subdivision plats and the future of proposed Lake-to-Lake Road. Lake-to-Lake Road is planned to connect west Belton from Wheat Road to Sparta Road.
Passed 4:1 was the consideration of the final plat for Dawson Ranch, Phase VI, an 8.175 acre tract of land. Dawson Ranch, Phase VI is located west of the proposed Lake-to-Lake Road and south of Chisholm Trail Parkway.
One item that was heavily discussed was payment of $2,000 for removal of a live oak that is a 40-inch heritage tree. Removal of a Belton heritage tree requires a tree replacement or a fee charged per inch. The developer wants to remove the tree and proposes pay a fee-in-lieu of $2,000 to satisfy the requirements. Councilmember Gaunt was against this motion. Councilmember O’Banion stated the tree issue needed to be rewritten.
The council passed 5:0 a request from Carothers Development LLC to extend the Preliminary Subdivision Plat validity six months for Dawson Ridge Subdivision. Dawson Ridge is a 59.033 acre tract of land, located west of the existing Dawson Ranch subdivision.
The Lake-to-Lake Road right of way joins Phase VI of Dawson Ranch to the east. The right-of-way for this important north-south thoroughfare has been actively getting obtained over the last several years. Lake-to-Lake Road is proposed to have a bridge that will go over Sparta Road, BNSF Railroad, and Nolan Creek. The city is talking with the adjoining property owner regarding addition of right of way.