The Fairview City Commission recently voted to table the rezoning request for the proposed ‘The Neighborhood at Bowie Park’ subdivision and scheduled a public joint workshop to further discuss the concerns raised about the development.
The workshop will be open to the public with the City Commission and the developer addressing lot sizes, setbacks, traffic, stormwater, access to Bowie Nature Park and the impact all adjacent properties.
The Master Development Plan for The Neighborhood at Bowie Park shows 181 building lots on 124 acres. The plan reflects green space, but smaller lot sizes, requiring a zoning change. The current zoning is RS-40 Single Family Low-Density Residential and the requested zoning is R-20 Single Family Medium-Density Residential Planned Overlay Development.
The property is located off Wayne’s Lane and Mangrum Lane, south of Cox Run Subdivision. It is owned by Cory Groves and Johnny Groves.
The city planning commission first looked at the rezoning request in November and passed it on to the city commission for review in December.
Commissioner Brandon Butler opened the discussion, referencing R-20 PUD zoning allows for 10,000-square-foot lot sizes. “Based off of previous approvals or denials, that lot size might not necessarily be the intended vision of what a medium density neighborhood would be, especially one that borders the crown jewel of Bowie Park,” said Butler.
With proposed access running through Cox Run Subdivision, zoned R-20, in the first phase and then eventually off Wayne’s Lane on the back phase. “One of the comprehensive plan objectives is to preserve existing neighborhoods and ensure the development adjacent in surrounding existing neighborhoods is compatible in development character…it doesn’t capture that intent,” advised Butler.
Another concern raised about the proposed subdivision is the 25-foot park buffer. “We only get one shot to set a precedent of what kind of buffer do we desire for our park,” Butler stated.
Commissioner Rod Dawson spoke up, “We want to get this right…I love the idea. I love the concept, but I still think there are a few things that we have got to work out to make this beneficial for everybody in the City of Fairview.”
The board unanimously voted to table the discussion and schedule a workshop for Thursday, January 21 prior to the city commission meeting. If all details are worked out, the rezoning request would still require a first reading, a public hearing and then a second and final reading before the city commission.