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Meeting Date: 09/07/2021  
Contact: Amy Mathews
File Number: Z-1442-21  
Date Filed: 04/01/2021  
Location: 340 S. Parks Drive
Size of Request: 4.3472 acres  
Number of Lots: 1  
Current Zoning: Single Family-10 (Sf-10)
Applicant: S. Gabriel Epko  
Owner: S. Gabriel Epko


Conduct a Public Hearing and consider an Ordinance for Zoning Case Z-1442-21 to change Zoning from Single Family 10 (SF-10) to a Planned Development-187 (PD-187) with a base zoning of Single Family-9 (SF-9) and Single Family-8 (SF-8). The property is located at 340 S. Parks Dr consisting of one (1) lot of 4.3472 acres. Applicant: S. Gabriel Epko and Property Owner: S. Gabriel Epko


The applicant has requested a zoning change from Single Family 10 (SF-10) to a Planned Development-187 (PD-187) with a base zoning of Single Family-9 (SF-9) and Single Family-8 (SF-8) with some deviations.
The property is located generally at the southeast corner of Belt Line Road and South Parks Drive as shown on the vicinity map.
The Zoning exhibit shows the property is currently zoned Single Family 10 (SF-10). Current zoning for the surrounding properties is:

North: Single Family-10 (SF-10)
East: Planned Development-18 (PD-18)
South: Single Family-10 (SF-10)
West: Single Family-10 (SF-10)

 As shown on the Aerial exhibit, the property is currently vacant.
The site plan attached to this staff report shows access from existing Sycamore Dr. to proposed extension of Sycamore with 50 feet right of way (similar to existing neighborhood east of the proposed development). A detention pond and open space of 0.09 acres is shown on the west end of the property.

The applicant has requested the following deviations:

Existing Zoning Requirements Proposed
SF-9 PD-187
Alley Required Alleys not required
No Front Entry Garages Front Entry Garage
Minimum Lot width -75’ Minimum lot width-53’
Minimum side yard-7’ Minimum side yard-5’
SF-8 PD-187
Alley Required Alleys not required
No Front Entry Garages Front Entry Garage
Minimum lot area-8,000 SF Minimum Lot Area -7,000 SF
Minimum lot width-70’ Minimum Lot Width-53'
Minimum Side Yard-7, 15’ for corner lots Minimum side yard-5’, 10’ for corner lots

Staff notified property owners within 200 feet and published “Notice of Public Hearing” as required by law. Twenty Five (25) notices were mailed to adjoining property owners. Zero (0) replies were received in favor and zero (0) replies were received in opposition.  However, prior to the P&Z meeting, staff received a petition letter in opposition with 21 signatures representing 14 properties, with five (5) of those located within the 200-foot buffer.  The total opposition within the buffer is 13.31%.


The overarching Land Use Goal in the Comprehensive Plan is “to achieve a balance of land uses that will provide and protect the desired quality of life, and recognize the natural features that make DeSoto a wonderful place to live, work, and visit.” The Comprehensive Plan identifies the subject area as single family residential and states: “Low Density Residential Single family detached residential structures are examples of low-density residential uses. This land use is exemplified by the density and character of many residential neighborhoods throughout the City. Typically speaking, low density residential land uses will include homes located on 8,000 square foot lots and greater. Residential densities within low density areas will generally be five (5) dwelling units per acre or less.”

The proposed lots are a mixture of sizes, with many sized over the Comprehensive Plan recommendation of 8000 square feet.  Furthermore, the applicant is a density of 4.6 units per acre, with the largest lot size of 9,336 square feet and the smallest at 5,863 square feet. The proposed lot width is smaller than the existing lots along Sycamore Drive (65 feet); however, the proposed lots are more in alliance with the existing lots than the current zoning of SF-10 (80 feet); therefore, staff recommends approval of the proposal. 


Motion by Councilmember Raphiel with a second by Councilmember Brown-Patrick to deny as presented. Motion passes 6-1.
Z-1442-21 Attachmentsb
Ordinance for PD-187


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