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Planning and Zoning Commission Approves Site Plan for Rockwall Downtown Lofts Development – Blue Ribbon News

By July 28, 2021January 1st, 2022Site plan
Location of the proposed development site, rockwall.com

ROCKWALL, TX – July 28, 2021 – Last night the Rockwall Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan in a 6-1 vote for Unit 263 Rockwall Town Center Loft Development at the corner of SH-66 and Alamo Road near Downtown Square. The property is across from the Rockwall Police Department.

The proposed layout will consist of 170 one-bedroom units, 86 two-bedroom units and seven three-bedroom units, averaging 850 square feet. The developer is also providing designated secure parking for Rockwall Police and will provide a dedicated right-turn lane along SH-66 as well as a deceleration lane along South Alamo Road. Amenities include a resort pool at the center of the property, a resort style fitness center on two levels, and secure gate parking with camera surveillance for residents. A sky lounge on the fourth floor on the south side of the property will overlook the lake.



P&Z Commission Chairman Eric Chodun had the only vote against approving the site plan, saying he did not believe the development met the stipulations of urban residential land use on which the property is. zoned.

“I don’t think urban residential is defined to cover this type of development,” Chodun said. “I have a problem with this, and I think the community supports my opinion on this. I think what’s in the best interest of the community is to deny it.

According to Rockwall City Planning Director Ryan Miller, urban residential land use was adopted for the Central Business District (CBD) with two stipulations:

  1. Urban Residential includes residential developments that at least partially face streets, public sidewalks or a common open space, or that are located above retail offices or service uses.
  2. The Urban Residential ground floor should have direct access to a sidewalk via a stoop or landing, and the majority of parking lots should be located in a structure.

Miller said the forms-based code has remained unchanged since its enactment and including until the time the applicant submitted their proposal for the development of Rockwall Downtown Lofts in 2018.

Despite the fact that many residents spoke out against the development during the open forum session of the meeting, the majority of the P&Z committee members voted in favor as the development meets all the requirements of the forms-based code. from the city center and conforms to the terrain. conditions of use described in the UDC (Unified Development Code) of the city.



“It’s extremely difficult when you watch and listen and understand where everyone is coming from,” said Jerry Welch, vice chairman of the P&Z Commission. “One of the reminders is that this is the first step, this is a sitemap, so there is still a lot of work to do and a lot of approvals to impose. I counted 27 required standards, and each standard has been verified to be compliant. This is a technical body, and there are some things that we can apply and that we cannot apply.

Tony Austin, the developer of the proposed apartment, raised residents’ concerns at the meeting.

“I can sense their concerns. I am also a resident of this community, I love this community. I think this project is going to be extremely beneficial for our community. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was right. We have worked very hard on this project over the past two years with the city to meet all the requirements. We have tried to be very sensitive to all the concerns of the city. I apologize for not being able to satisfy everyone, but I have no doubts this is the right project at the right time for the Town of Rockwall, ”said Austin.

“At the end of the day, I’m trying to do what’s right as long as the city has agreed to as long as it aligns with the laws and rules we have in place here,” Commissioner Sedric Thomas said. . “This project is consistent with everything. It is a difficult situation for all of us.

Click on here to see the entire meeting.

Blue Ribbon News staff report.


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