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FloMo conservation commission talks trees, development

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Photo Courtesy: Conservatory Estates
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The Flower Mound Environmental Conservation Commission has two items for action on its agenda for Tuesday evening’s meeting but both could hit hard.

The commission first plans to consider a recommentation to delete a section regarding tree mitigation from the town’s land development regulations.

The section being reviewed states:

“All property zoned for nonresidential use and included within the Lakeside Business District, the Denton Creek District and all specific plan areas as defined in the town’s comprehensive plan relative only to the requirements of replacement trees and or cash
equivalents for the removal of protected, specimen, majestic and/or historic trees pursuant to a tree removal permit granted by the town council.”

If this piece were removed, it would mean that in the future, non-residential projects in the mentioned locations must mitigate for the removal of protected, specimen and historic trees that were approved for removal during the development process.

Essentially, developers would have to plan a replacement tree or make a payment instead.

The ECC also plans to review a concept plan for the proposed Conservatory Estates cluster development, situated west of Freeman Road, north of Cross Timbers Road.

This project plan includes a 103-acre residential development and falls within the Cross Timbers Conservation Development District. It is zoned for argricultural purposed with a mimimum size of two acres per lot.

Conservatory Estates would be a gated community with 64 residential lots, 4 lots with 51+ acres of open space, four amenity points, a rambling brook, wildflower meadows, preserved tree stands and scenic buffers and vistas.

It would also include an extension of Flower Mound’s multi-use trail and equestrian trail and a private entrance. The developer is proposing 20 feet of open space between each lot.

 

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