Galen Scott gscott@weatherforddemocrat.com The City of Hudson Oaks is trying to come up with a new set of zoning ordinances to deal with airplanes in the Parker Oaks subdivision. The development’s eastern boundary lies within the City’s jurisdiction and includes 24 lots nestled up to the Parker County Airport. The pseudo-airpark lots are ideal for pilots who don’t mind living near a runway. “It’s essentially so people can hanger their airplanes in their house,” explained Hudson Oaks City Administrator Robert Hanna. “They just taxi out of their garage and onto the runway and take off, and when they come home from work at night, they land their airplane, taxi to the garage and go to bed. Yeah, it’s kind of cool.” Hanna said the city council supports the zoning change and called the idea an intelligent use of the land. He pointed out the potential difficulty associated with selling lots so close to an airport to anyone other than a pilot or “someone who really likes airplanes.” “Council is supportive of it so, [the planning and zoning committee] is going to try to draft some zoning ordinances that can allow that type of use,” he said. Along with home builder Merle McBee, Wayne Lee is developing Parker Oaks. Lee said moving an airplane from a back yard to a runway was kind of a “gray area” and would require special zoning. “All we’re asking for with those 24 lots is to be able to taxi from the airport into a hanger — maybe 50 feet or something,” he said. “It’s not to allow planes to just come willy-nilly into the whole subdivision.” Lee said airparks are common in the state and guessed there are currently six or seven other airparks in Parker County. However, he said the lots are normally constructed in conjunction with a new runway. “In this case, the runway is there and we have all of the land and lots that abut it,” he said. Lee stressed hangers at the homes would either be free-standing or incorporated into the homes themselves. He guessed it would be difficult for the average passer-by to even notice the hangers. “We’ve agreed to limit it to where the hangers would have to be at the back ... in other words, you couldn’t put a hanger up in the front yard,” he said. Lee said Parker County Airport owner Troy Welch is very much in favor of the idea. During a 12-month period ending in July 2004, FAA records indicate the airport based 62 single-engine airplanes and three multi-engine airplanes with an average of 46 aircraft operations per day.

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