Raising Cane’s asks for reconsideration of denied plans

 

FORNEY, Texas — The Forney City Council will again reconsider a proposed Raising Cane’s restaurant at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 80 and Farm-to-Market (FM) 548 — more than a year after the council indefinitely tabled the item.

The council will reconsider the item during their December 5, 2017, meeting at City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Leon Capital Group Managing Director Will Tolliver requested the Forney City Council reconsider their September 6, 2016, action to indefinitely table their vote on the site plan, preliminary plat, and final plat for their development which proposes two restaurant pad sites.

Additionally, Tolliver is requesting the council approve a letter requesting the Texas Department of Transportation revert to a previously approved traffic impact analysis study which allowed for a left-turn deceleration lane on southbound FM 548 and a right-turn deceleration lane on the eastbound U.S. Highway 80 service road.

The deceleration lanes would allow turning traffic to stack in a new, separate turn lane instead of blocking traffic in the already congested corridor.

The Forney City Council cited traffic safety concerns when they voted to indefinitely table the item last year and requested a second TxDOT review of the traffic impact analysis. In response, TxDOT rescinded their previously approved access points, denying the Broad Street and southbound FM 548 access points, and instead allowed only a right-in, right-out on FM 548 and the right-in, right-out on the service road.

Before their decision to indefinitely table the item, the council had taken similar action to halt the development.

The discussion on the item has been placed in open session, at the request of the developer, who cited concerns from citizens who were disappointed in how the process has already unfolded.

It’s also been more than two years since the Forney Economic Development Corporation (EDC) struck the deal with Leon Capital Group to develop the property into two restaurant pad sites and acquire leases. The property was purchased by the City of Forney from TxDOT as surplus property for the purposes of conveying the property to the EDC for its ultimate development.

Also on the council’s December 5, 2017, agenda is, among other things, discussion and consideration for an Animal Shelter Police and Procedures Manual, a resolution approving a professional services agreement between the City of Forney and Stone Creek Veterinary Hospital for the veterinary services, amending animal adoption fees, considering a bid for wrecker services for non-consent tows, and authorizing the interim city manager to execute an agreement with Strategic Government Resources to provide interim city secretary services.