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The entire Sunrise Circle and Oakridge Lane area is designated as Interim Holding. This is a designation that is given to property when it is first annexed into the Town with the expectation that once a property owner was interested in further developing their property, they would request final zoning.
Interim Holding allows the uses that are permitted under Agricultural zoning. (Click here to review the list.) It is also held to the limitations of Agricultural zoning, such as minimum building setbacks and maximum lot coverage. (Click here to review these dimensional limitations.) Agricultural zoning is typically assigned to lots that are at least 2-acres in size, so one of the biggest challenges the Agricultural dimensions create for future development of the lots in Sunrise Circle and Oakridge Lane is that it requires 25-foot minimum side yard setbacks, which makes it very challenging to place a new home on the lot within those parameters. Another challenge is that Interim Holding doesn’t allow the lot lines of property to be changed at all, so a property owner can neither expand or reduce the size of their lots.
In the Town’s Master Plan identifying appropriate land uses for this area, it is designated for either Medium Density Residential or Office uses. Medium Density Residential is further defined within the land use plan of the Master Plan as single-family residential uses with lot sizes of minimum 10,000 square feet.
In Flower Mound, there are specific zoning districts that are identified as being appropriate within all of the different identified land uses. If a property owner requests approval on either an initial zoning or rezoning that do not comply with the underlying land use, that application would also require a Master Plan Amendment application that would have to be approved be 3/4’s of the Town Council (or four out of five members) before the zoning request could be considered.
SF-10 (Single-Family District – 10) is the zoning district that would be permitted by right without the need for a Master Plan Amendment within areas designated as Medium Density Residential land use.
Yes, the Town will bring forward a Town-initiated zoning request to SF-10 for any property within these areas that is requested by the property owner. Once approved, the SF-10 zoning would allow the property owner to take advantage of reduced side yard setbacks of 10 feet, making the properties more developable. In addition, it would allow property owners the possibility of adjusting property lines through the platting process.
The dimensional standards, including setbacks, that are associated with SF-10 would be applied to the lot, even if it was not 10,000 square feet. (Click here to review these standards.) The 10,000 square foot minimum size would only come into play if a property owner wanted to amend their plat. If a property owner wanted to change the size of their lot, it would have to meet that minimum size. There is nothing within the zoning that would prevent a person from developing their lot with the dimensions that have already been approved within the plat. However, it would be challenging to build a house with a septic system on a lot that is smaller than 10,000 square feet. We have not seen this happen to date in Flower Mound.