SHERMAN, TX - A proposed 143-acre mixed-use development in Sherman passed one of its final hurdles this month after receiving a nod from the Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission recently recommended that the city approve a planned development designation for the proposed Hickory Hill development, located along Lamberth Road.
If given final approval, Blanchard said the development would bring a mixture of retail, various residential types and park features to the 3400-4000 blocks of W. Lamberth. One of the key features of the development will be 28 acres of land dedicated to green space and park uses that will be anchored by a pond. This green space, which sits primarily in the flood plain, would include a trail system that would push north toward Carriage Estates and other park amenities in the area.
“Our purpose and intent for Hickory Hill is to provide a mix of housing options that is centered around health and wellness with connectivity to trails tied into our parks district,” Taylor Blanchard, representing the developer said before the commission.
The approval by P&Z will send the proposed project before the Sherman City Council next month for final approval. In the same meeting, the council is expected to consider approving annexation of the land for the project into the city proper as a part of the development.
The project received some push back from residents in Carriage Estates when it was presented to P&Z. Concerns that were raised ranged from worries about traffic and drainage to the impact a larger development would have on the nearby S&S school district, which serves some of the neighborhoods in the area.
City staff noted that the city has plans to develop and build out Lamberth Road into a five-lane corridor with a dedicated left turn lane that would help alleviate some of the traffic and safety concerns in the area.
Blanchard said the project will include the use of retaining walls and other infrastructure to direct water flow away from neighboring developments and downstream.
If approved, Hickory Hill will represent the smallest development that the city has approved under its planned development ordinance. The ordinance was drafted with large-scale, complex and nuanced developments that may not fit within traditional zoning categories. For Texoma, planned developments have primarily involved a mixture of zoning types within a small area to give a more urbanized, mixed-use feel.
While the four other developments have been focused on larger parcels of hundreds of acres, Hickory Hill fell under the required 200 acres. However, a provision in the ordinance allowed developers for smaller planned developments to seek approval to start the process through the council. Sherman leaders gave their approval and allowed developers to start design work earlier this year.
Michael Hutchins | Herald Democrat
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