The plan to build a new subdivision in Montgomery Farm is moving forward, following productive discussions between developers and neighboring homeowners.
Allen City Council was first presented with the concept plan for Montgomery Farm Estates in January, when developers requested a zoning change to the property east of Brett Drive. Several homeowners in neighboring Montgomery Farm subdivisions spoke in opposition to the concept plan, citing concerns over the elimination of green space and the proximity of proposed homes to their own properties. As a result, council members chose to continue the item and encouraged the developer to meet with residents to address their concerns.
During the March 22 council meeting, Allen’s Community Development director Bo Bass shared changes to the concept plan, including the addition of a clubhouse. Developers had also increased the distance between new properties and neighboring homes, rerouted the neighborhood trail system to provide more scenic views, and adjusted lot sizes to reduce the density.
Many of the same neighbors who initially opposed the project returned to voice their support of the developer’s voluntary changes.
“I would like to thank you for listening and the developer for listening,” said Mike Nettleton, a Montgomery Farm resident, while addressing council members. “I feel we’ve had a really good communication as a result of this and I heartily endorse this plan.”
“I do appreciate all the citizens’ input,” said Mayor Stephen Terrell before closing the public hearing. “The process does work. It’s a great process. Obviously city hall does listen.”
City council members voted unanimously to approve the zoning change.