COPPERAS COVE — Council members Tuesday approved the rezoning of a nearly 59-acre piece of property on Skyline Drive from agricultural to single-family residential.
“This is for the second phase of the Mesa Verde subdivision,” said Chris Stewart, with Stewart Planning LLC, the city’s planner, during a public hearing.
The land was voluntarily annexed into the city in August, and according to Copperas Cove ordinances, property is annexed as agricultural land use, rather than be rezoned, said Stewart, noting why the developer was looking to change the land’s designation.
Stewart said the land was seen as residential in the city’s land-use plan, and the planning and zoning commission recommended the change.
However, Stewart also voiced a concern about the property.
“Access is the only tricky issue,” he said. “It sits atop a mesa ... so access only is serviced on Skyline.”
The city will attempt to address the issue in future development phases, when a street can create more access, he said.
Developers of the property, who also sought to have the land annexed, are expecting to build a 120-lot subdivision when the development is completed. They also projected homes in the future subdivision would range between $300,000 and $350,000 in price.