The Van Alstyne City Council held two public hearings Tuesday night regarding the annexation of 16.27 acres of land near the northern border of town. The public hearings took place in back-to-back special called meetings separated only by five minutes.


The land, located south of Spence Road, east of Sanford Circle and West of Greywood Drive, will be a part of the proposed Greywood Heights addition. The development will see the construction of more than 200 new single-family homes within the city, once completed.


“Eventually. We haven’t seen final plans on that yet, but that’s what is proposed,” Van Alstyne Mayor Larry Cooper said Tuesday afternoon.


Van Alstyne City Clerk Jennifer Gould said Wednesday that the petition for annexation was submitted by Jabez Development, based out of Grapevine. In addition to coordinating the annexation and leading the development effort, Gould said Jabez is also coordinating zoning on the project with the city. The development will cover about 45 acres of land, with about 29 of the acres already within city limits, she said.


During the second of Tuesday’s special sessions, Cooper was asked how this development compared to the city’s land use and master plans.


“It was platted mostly as single family residential but there is some multi-family too,” Cooper said, clarifying that this included traditional multifamily zoning and two-family platting for townhouses and similar development.


However, on Wednesday, Gould said the developer has since changed their plans for the project and instead will be focusing on single-family residential development.


When asked about the importance of the development, Gould said it was a major project for the city approaching 4,000 residents that is preparing for incoming growth.


“This is one that is in the beginning stages,” she said. “Meanwhile, we have had several developers coming to the table for negotiations on development.”


In preparation for future growth and development, the council also approved the hiring of a new director for the Community Development Corporation during the second of the two meetings Tuesday.


Earlier in June, Denison city officials said the city was poised to break its record for single-family housing permits that it set just one year prior. Similarly, the city of Sherman said it is anticipating a high number of housing permits for 2017.


While Gould did not say Van Alstyne is anticipating a record-breaking year, she said the signs of incoming growth are there. For the month of May, the city issued 30 permits for residential development, she said.


“That’s more than we’ve issued in recent memory and I’ve been here for 12 years,” she said.


The City Council is not expected to act on the annexation during the next scheduled city council meeting and instead will hold a special session on July 18, she said.