HEARTLAND, Texas — The Mesquite City Council voted 4-3 during a public hearing on Monday night to a rezoning change which would make way for a proposed residential development near Heartland.

The rezoning request sought to change approximately 180 acres of undeveloped land from Kaufman-Interstate 20 (K-20) Floating Zone to Single-Family Planned Development with a base zoning district of R2-A. In seeking the rezoning, the applicant proposed a higher density than that currently in K-20 to 4.25 dwelling units per acre.

The proposed development, called Trinity Point Village, is being represented by Houston-area developer Skymark Development Company.

Trinity Point Village proposes 540 front-entry single-family lots including 272 lots with lot sizes of 50 feet by 110 feet and 268 lots with lot sizes of 60 feet by 115 feet. Only 128 acres of the proposed development are developable with 51.5 acres of land considered encumbered with steep topography, existing drainage courses, and floodplain. 19.3 acres, or approximately 15 percent of the development, are proposed for public open space including a 6-foot wide walking and biking trail system, a community pool and changing room which will connect to the trial system, a dog park, and a pocket park.

The average home value is expected to be around $250,000, according to a representative.

Access to Trinity Point Village will connect to two existing roads with two entry points on High Country Lane and one on Grand Rapids Drive in Heartland.

"Further engineering, hydraulic and dam breach analysis and a flood study is required to determine the limits of the floodplain to ensure that fill is not placed in the floodplain," according to the item's case summary. "Once the aforementioned studies are completed additional acreage may be developable.  There is also the possibility of loss of developable land area."

"Adequate utilities, particularly city water, is not available to the site," states the summary. "The City of Mesquite has plans in the next few years to build the needed infrastructure by extending a 24” water main, including a pump station, to the area."

Until such time, the developer may seek to enter into an agreement with Heartland to provide water through a development agreement with Mesquite, Heartland, and the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). Sanitary sewer may also be served by the NTMWD.

The development falls within the Crandall Independent School District boundary.