City Council Discusses Proposed Subdivision

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City Council Discusses Proposed Subdivision

Published on May 07, 2014 by Larry Crippen

At last night’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, a great deal of time was spent on focusing on the proposed Texas Grand Ranch Subdivision. Authorized agent for the developer of the site, Renee Howes, was on hand to explain the subdivision development along with civil engineer Jeff Brown.

Ms. Howes gave councilmembers a general description of the proposed lots . . . .

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The subdivision, which is planned to be located off of FM 1374, will have 746 lots. The last lots to be developed in the subdivision will come under the jurisdiction of the City.

The developer has already been before Walker County Commissioners seeking various variances. They were submitting half-a-dozen variances to the council last night which will be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Variances include street width, lot depth and width ratio, streetlighting, water lines and lines for sewage.

Lot owners would have to put in their own septic systems and water wells.  Some concern was raised about the effect private wells would have on the underground water supply. Civil engineer Jeff Brown told councilmembers, in reference to their study, that the aquifer would not only be adequate for subdivision residents but would supply adequate water for fire safety because deed restrictions confine well users to 15 gallons per minute. Brown said roads would be built to County standards.

Some concern was expressed by councilmembers about costs if the subdivision were ever annexed to the City. There is no plan for that at this time.

Lots would cost around 50 to $60,000. Septic and well systems would run from $12,000 to $16,000. This translates to a basic cost for a lot and a home in the mid $300,000 range.

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