Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Flower Mound dog park will be built near Green Acre Farms
The Town Council estimates it will cost roughly $600,000.
FLOWER MOUND After years of discussion, Flower Mound now knows where its first off-leash dog park will be located.
The Flower Mound Town Council on Monday gave the town staff direction to proceed with plans to construct a five-acre dog park at Green Acres Farms, located at 4400 Hide-A-Way Lane, south of Wichita trail.
The park is expected to feature three acres for big dogs and two acres for smaller dogs.
The town had narrowed its options down to three locations. The other two were the east part of Gerault Park and the west part of Heritage Park of Flower Mound.
But the staff's recommendation was Green Acres Farms because of its minimal impact to neighborhoods. There are just a handful of homes near the site, and the closest home would be about 480 feet away.
The proposed sites at Heritage Park West and Gerault Park East are both 200 feet away from the Bakers Branch neighborhood.
Green Acres Farms also has ample shade, which Gerault Park East doesn't have.
Putting the dog park at Heritage Park West would have also put dogs too close to the children at the Fort Wildflower playground, officials said.
The park is expected to be open from sunrise to sundown. Gary Sims, director of community relations, said the park may be closed one day a week for cleanup. He said the park will also have several pet waste stations.
Preliminary cost for the park is $600,000, which includes a six-foot chain-link fence, irrigation, a parking lot and amenities.
However, the council is expected to discuss specifics on the park later in an attempt to lower the cost.
Mayor Tom Hayden said he doesn't want to trim the cost too much to where the park isn't as good as it could be.
"If we're going to do something, I want to do it right," Hayden said. "I don't want to come back later and say, 'We should have done more.'"
Others on council cautioned against spending too much money early on.
"Let's see how people want to use this park first and then add on accordingly," said Councilman Mark Wise.
Sims said officials from Raising Cane's restaurant have expressed interest in being a corporate sponsor for the park, which would be the first business to do that for any park in Flower Mound.
Sims said the park could be open by the spring.
The council also approved a charter review commission and appointed its members.
The members are: Paul Stone (chairman), Patti Fennessey, Brian Fox, Ray Loehr, Jeffrey Smith, Gail Scheepers and Sandeep Sharma.
The commission will meet from October to January to review the town charter and examine the possibility of making changes to it. Any recommended changes must be submitted to the council by February 3, and the council must call an election by February 17. The election is May 10.
Among the items the commission will review include creating single-member districts, having three-year council terms, having term limits and increasing the size of the council.
Other items include limiting the terms for board and commission members to the same term limits as council members.
The council also approved a master plan amendment to change the land use designation for the Edgewood residential development from low density residential and medium density residential to medium density residential. It also approved a zoning change from agricultural to single-family with a minimum of 10,000-square-foot lots (SF-10).
The property is located near the southeast intersection of FM 3040 and Gerault Road.
Edgewood is a 29-acre development that is expected to include 51 lots.
However, the council postponed a development plan request until its October 21 meeting because of possible drainage issues to the property to the east. A request to remove seven specimen trees was also postponed in case a new development plan changes the number of trees needed to be removed.
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