FORNEY, Texas — A unanimous vote by the council on Tuesday night to rezone approximately five acres of agricultural land to a planned development district paves the way for approximately 24,000-square feet of a general retail adjacent the Grayhawk residential development.

Tuesday night's vote changed the zoning of the five acres, located east of South Farm-to-Market (FM) 548 and north of the Grayhawk residential development, from an Agricultural District to a Planned Development District with a base zoning of a General Retail District.

Plans for the development, named Lakepointe Retail Park, were originally denied by the Forney Planning and Zoning Commission and again on appeal to the Forney City Council, in part, because the developer did not want to create a planned development for the multi-tenant center.

Commissioners and council members had proposed a planned development to provide additional regulations to address some resident's concerns about traffic, light pollution, noise, and suitability of the use.

The developer, now back in front of the council with a proposed planned development, was given approval with revisions to the base zoning to restrict uses to only those permitted by right in the General Retail District; automobile light screening, such as landscaping along FM 548; a maximum light intensity of 0.25-foot candles at the rear and side of the property;sidewalks along the front facade should consist of pavers, decorative or patterned stamped or stained concrete; and the prohibition of outdoor storage.

The development proposes two 12,000-square foot buildings in two phases. Access to the property will be limited to one driveway from FM 548.

A traffic impact analysis study will also need to be approved before approval of a final plat.