San Antonio: Zoning Approved on 48-acre Housing Development in SE Bexar
Feature Photo: Mickey Road at Blue Wing Road in southeast Bexar County. Mickey Road will be expanded to accommodate a large single family residential housing development. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The Zoning Commission recommended approval for residential single family zoning on a 48-acre tract of farm and ranch land in southeast Bexar County that will make way for 223 houses.
The density of four homes per acre and the traffic that could bring to a rural area with narrow county roads concerned neighbors and three commissioners voted against.
However, the attorney for the developer said they had extensive communications with the neighbors and made many concessions.
The land is located 4345 Mickey Road and east of Blue Wing Road and the developer agreed to expand Mickey Road for the 1,500 linear feet between the property to the Blue Wing Road intersection.
Aerial view of the 48-acre tract where Bella Vista Homes is planning a housing development. Image: Google Earth.
Other improvements include:
Expansion of Mickey Road along the property line with a left turn lane.
A second left turn lane at Blue Wing Road at the main subdivision entrance (the 48-acre tract considered at the Jan. 19 meeting is part of a larger 173-acre master planned development, Blue Wing Trails, that will eventually total 876 houses.
A traffic signal installation at South Presa Street and the US Highway 281 Frontage Road.
Cleaning of the existing culverts at Mickey Road and at Blue Wing Road.
Construction of an oversized detention pond.
“We have agreed to actually decrease the (stormwater) runoff from the project,” said James McKnight, the attorney advocating for the developer.
Blue Wing Trails subdivision. Area in red square is the 48 acres currently being zoned. Source: COSA public records.
Lot sizes are smaller than is commonly found in San Antonio, from 4,000-4,400 SF, and there is no green buffer between the sidewalk and curb.
McKnight said the master plan concept is to provide affordable housing–homes would sale from $170,000-$250,000, whereas the average cost in town is $288,000.
Each home will have a two-car garage and their sizes shall range from 1,400 to 2,700 SF.
The neighborhood will also have parks and a $1.5 million amenity center.
LJA Engineering Inc. has been drafting the concept site plans for developer Bella Vista Homes.
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