A 600-lot residential development on the horizon in League City could set the standards for future development in the city, officials say.
“This will be the first opportunity for the city to regulate the architectural standards of residential homes,” said Paul Menzies, director of planning and development.
Having a hand in those type of regulations is something the city has been eying as a way to better manage the pace of growth and the appearance of both commercial and residential developments.
“This will allow us to make sure when homes and businesses come in that they are willing to meet and uphold the city’s standards,” said Angel Lopez, city spokeswoman.
The city will not grant permits to developers otherwise, she said.
The new development, Lakes of Quail Pointe, has been proposed by Jerry LeBlanc of Galveston Bay Investors.
LeBlanc has also been involved with the Hidden Lakes development and last year took on an 87-acre development on the east side of Texas City, which plans to develop 300 homesites.
Lakes of Quail Pointe will be on a 210-acre tract south of League City Parkway, north of FM 646, east of South Shore Boulevard and west of State Highway 146 near Mar Bella and the Whispering Lakes Ranch subdivision.
All 210 acres are within League City city limits, Menzies said. The homes will start at about $275,000 and be made of block-by-block products, such as brick or cultured stone.
“I think this is one of the largest new residential developments proposed in League City,” Menzies said.
LeBlanc said he hopes to start moving dirt in the next six months. The goal is to have the first lots on the ground by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
City council on Tuesday approved an amendment to rezone the area for a single-family residential development with lot sizes of 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.
“The developer wants to have a higher standard,” Menzies said.
The lot sizes will be a little larger than those at neighboring Mar Bella’s, which will have about 1,300 homesites when it’s built out. The lots will be smaller than those in Whispering Lakes, which has about 300 lots sitting on several acres, he said.
Initially, some residents in the neighboring Mar Bella subdivision had concerns about the project. Some concerns stemmed from a belief the project would add no value to their subdivision, the fear of additional construction traffic and of increased use of Bayview Municipal Utility District’s nearby wastewater treatment plant.
But part of LeBlanc’s deal includes upgrading the Bayview plant from a rural-style plant to one more suited for urban use, Menzies said.
Right now, the Bayview MUD processes about 170,000 gallons of water a day. Development of Lakes of Quail Pointe will add an additional 200,000 gallons a day.
LeBlanc has a permit to expand the plant to process a million gallons a day, officials said.
Joy Arevalo, a Mar Bella resident who initially opposed LeBlanc’s development, told the council Tuesday she was still concerned with traffic, but now supported the project.
To address traffic concerns, LeBlanc has proposed having two separate entrances into the subdivision strictly for construction traffic and improving Madrid Lane, which would include adding a four-way stop to slow traffic.