HAKER HEIGHTS — With the city expected to reach a population of more than 58,000, Harker Heights officials are planning for the growth and developers are breaking new ground.

Council members Tuesday voted to approve a request from Clark & Fuller LLC, an agent for the Heights Evergreen Developers LTD, for preliminary plat approval of Evergreen Phase 5.

Phase 5 includes building 77 single-family homes on approximately 32.28 acres.

The City Council also paved the way for James Herring Custom Homes to construct more multifamily housing with the approval of rezoning ordinance requests at 909 and 911 Rosewood Drive in the Wildwood Acres subdivision.

According to Fred Morris, the city’s director of Planning and Development, staff initially received the application for Evergreen Phase 5 on Sept. 11 and sent back comments Sept. 25.

City staff, including Morris, Mark Hyde, director of Public Works, and Otto Wiederhold, senior vice president of Walker Partners, met with both the developer and a representative from Clark & Fuller LLC on Oct. 22 to discuss staff comments.

Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson asked Morris if all three pages of comments were addressed before weighing in.

“There are just a few small issues regarding valves that will be addressed once we get the actual construction plans,” Morris said.

Before the vote, Council Member Spencer Smith voiced his concerns about the project.

“It’s important for us to monitor what they are going to do about drainage because it can turn into a big mess for people who live downstream,” Smith said.

Along with the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval, the council unanimously approved the request.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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