News of Cleburne’s home building upswing prompted Mayor Scott Cain to rethink his famous catchphrase during Tuesday’s Cleburne City Council meeting.
“It’s a tremendous, not just a great day in Cleburne,” Cain said. “Houses, houses, houses. I may have to change that mantra to tremendous.”
Years of anemic housing starts have given way to a sharp uptick of new home building of late. All but one of Tuesday’s agenda items addressed new and/or future home building projects.
Council members approved final plats for phases I and II of the BelClaire addition on South Nolan River Road for the construction of D.R. Horton homes.
Plat I covers 32.2 acres while Plat II covers 15.5.
“The entire project will be carried out over four phases,” said Landon King with Jacob’s Engineering. “The plats call for 88 lots in the first phase and for 64 lots in the second. We’ve begun some initial construction for the first two phases. We haven’t determined the time line for phases III and IV yet but the total project, once everything is done, calls for 347 lots.”
Councilwoman Gayle White said she’s excited to see new homes going up in Cleburne. Cain agreed.
“I’d encourage our residents to take a drive out near Smith Middle School to see the new roads and all going in,” Cain said. “I can’t wait to see the rooftops coming in and to welcome our new neighbors to Cleburne.”
Council members also approved a voluntary annexation petition for about 100 acres sitting north of Old Foamy Road and east of South Nolan River Road and south of Browning Lane.
Council members held two public hearings on the request, as required by law, on June 12 and 19.
Cain during the June 12 meeting said it’s important to note that the property owner, Sam Kerbel, requested to be annexed into the city.
Kerbel plans to divide the property into lots for new houses, Director of Community Development Shane Pace said.
Single family resident homes sit north of the area and the newly annexed portion is consistent with the city’s future land use development plans, Assistant City Manager Chris Fuller said.
Pace on Friday said that Kerbel has developed several concept plans for houses but announced no final plans. City Manager Steve Polasek noted that another recent approved voluntary annexation request — that one on the city’s east side — brings about 150 new acres into Cleburne. The owners of the east side property also plan to build new homes. With the projects approved Tuesday night in addition to other projects underway or in the works Cleburne will see more than 1,000 new homes in the near future, Polasek said.
Council members also approved a final plat request for a .224 acre lot on Stroud Street and an accompanying waiver request. The owners hope to construct a single-family home on the lot.
The parcels falls short of the city’s width requirement by about five feet and the owner requested a waiver from the minimum lot width requirement.
The lot sits in an established neighborhood with existing homes on either side, Pace said.
“Therefore, the applicant cannot acquire the additional five feet of width,” Pace said.
City code allows such waivers in cases of “distinct and unusual conditions.”
The Cleburne Planning and Zoning Commission considered and unanimously approved the owners waiver request on June 26 but their approval required final approval from council to become valid.
Finally, council members approved final plats for two lots totalling 10 acres in the Joseph Bayless Survey, which sits within Cleburne’s extra territorial jurisdiction. The city’s comprehensive land use plan designates that area as future traditional neighborhood district.