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May 12, 2013

Council expecting to hear again from development officials

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council expects to hear again this week from officials who have been mapping out a massive development planned for just west of the city.

Representatives from the Walton Development Group are scheduled to make a presentation during Tuesday’s regular Council session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

The board of the Hunt County Municipal Utility District No. 1 convened its organizational session in March at 3401 Private Road 1173, which is north of U.S. Highway 380 about halfway between Greenville and Farmersville and just south of the Wagner Community. About a dozen individuals turned out to hear what the Walton Development Group had to say about the district, which covers almost 6,700 acres, some of which is located within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Greenville. The district is expected to consist of industrial manufacturing and distribution facilities, single family residential and some commercial development.

At that time, Matt Tordit with the Walton Development Group said the plan was to start off with an industrial project tied into the Kansas City Southern and Blacklands railroads which cross the southern end of the district.

Last summer, the City of Greenville announced it was planning to provide the water and sewer service to the district, which eventually will cover an area of almost 13,000 acres, approximately nine miles west of downtown Greenville, generally bounded by FM 1080 to the north, County Road 1073 to the east, FM 3211 to the south and FM 36 to the west.

The City of Greenville would extend its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) to eventually include the entire MUD, which would give the city the authority to establish zoning standards for the entire district. A strategic partnership agreement would allow the city to collect sales taxes from within the MUD and earn additional revenue from the sale of water and sewer services as the area develops, while allowing for the application of the city’s subdivision standards and land use regulations to help govern the development within the district.

The district might someday develop into a small city itself with more than 21,000 units of housing proposed.

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