BY JUDY SHERIDAN
The Aledo City Council negotiated a final concept plan for the Brookhollow subdivision, approved a water and sewer rate study with no rate increase and gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to a plan for the Aledo Trail “grounds” area — which includes a skate park — in action Thursday.
Brookhollow, to be located on South FM 1187 next to the railroad tracks, won approval for its planned development concept plan — initially tabled by the council — after developer Kenny Ozee revised it according to council concerns.
Revisions included specifying tree locations and agreeing to a council-approved tree species list; leaving a 4-foot strip of land between the curb and the sidewalk; upgrading mailboxes; building an 8-foot — instead of a 6-foot — masonry wall along the railroad tracks; constructing a 6-foot stone and wood fence along the south property line; restricting lots that border the centrally-located open space to wrought iron fencing; installing carriage-style garage doors exclusively; varying home elevations; and varying garage setbacks.
Ozee also employed surveyor Patrick Carter to find out whether Aledo-Bear Creek Road — south of Brookhollow — was public or private, responding to county resident Karen Zambrano.
At an earlier council session, Zambrano asked if the “driveway” she and others have maintained would be blocked during construction.
Carter said deeds and maps show Aledo-Bear Creek to be the remains of a county road — not privately owned — but Ozee said he would not create another entry there.
“I have no plans of blocking her drive or entering the subdivision using that road,” he said.
The developer did not increase narrow lot sizes, however, saying homeowners would prefer the neighborhood had a large open space instead.
Ozee, whose development required the annexation of about 13 acres, pointed to his “significant investments” expanding city water and sewer services, saying it would open another 200 acres up for development.