By Rebecca Rose

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The developers behind a controversial proposed $9 million gated town house development have withdrawn their rezoning request from the city.

Patty Brunson, assistant city manager, said the developers on Wednesday withdrew the request to rezone property on Verna Lee Boulevard, the potential site of a gated 115-unit town house development, dubbed The Enclave.

On May 30, the Harker Heights Planning and Zoning Committee turned down the developers' request to change the zoning designation of 2090 Verna Lee Blvd., from R-1, the designation for single-family homes, to PD-R, which would have allowed the creation of the town homes.

Brunson said the developers could have presented the matter to the city council, but would have needed a super majority, or four votes, to approve the measure. Since the developers - BlueWater Assets and EV Studio Texas of Copperas Cove - pulled their request, it will no longer be an agenda item at the next council meeting.

Gene Dane, architect with EV Studios, referred inquiries regarding the project to BlueWater Assets. Calls to BlueWater were not returned by press time.

The proposed zoning change struck a nerve with residents, who showed up in droves at the planning and zoning commission meeting to speak against the project. Residents cited traffic and noise issues, and questioned whether the move violated laws prohibiting spot zoning.

Antelope Trail resident Debra Hart led a vocal opposition group composed largely of homeowners in areas adjacent to the property. In an email Wednesday, Hart said she was pleased to hear the news.

"We are … grateful that our collective voices were heard," she said. "We also hope the city is working with (the developer) to find a more appropriate location for his project, which would be a great addition to the city."

Contact Rebecca Rose at or (254) 501-7548.

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