The Prosper Town Council approved the request to allow for the development of a Home Depot located at Windsong Parkway and U.S. Route 380 with six stipulations at the town council meeting on Dec. 13.

The council approved the request, pending that the exhibits of the store match what store representatives proposed at the meeting.

Scott Mommer, The Home Depot applicant and president of Lars Andersen & Associates, advocated for the allowance of a seasonal sales section in the store parking lot and a reduction of the height requirement for a 14-foot wall behind the loading dock. Councilmember Jason Dixon brought up concerns for approving those allowances.

“From a council seat, I want Home Depot in Prosper, but there's some things in the project that we requested that have been overlooked,” Dixon said. “I know Windsong Ranch had a lot of objections, and it seems that Home Depot has gone to great lengths to satisfy those residents, but as a councilman, my job is to look at all residents, not just one neighborhood.”

The Home Depot representatives consulted with the Windsong Ranch Homeowners Association and several residents to address concerns with construction and development. Noise concerns, especially those relating to the loading dock that backs up to the neighborhood, were addressed through a noise analysis conducted by a consultant of The Home Depot. The average predicted noise level of the loading dock will be around 46 decibels, less than the 60 decibel noise level of an in-person conversation, Mommer said.

The Home Depot representatives pitched the reduction of the height of the 14-foot wall requirement, citing that the Lowe's Home Improvement store located at Custer Road and U.S. Route 380 was approved by the council without the wall requirement. The council stated that Lowe's did not need to meet the requirement because of its topography, but The Home Depot will have to adhere to the wall requirement. Architect Jeff Arman said the representatives' requests were made to benefit the town and Prosper residents.

“This is really meant to be a positive thing for the shopping center, for the neighbors, for the city — not a drawback,” Arman said.

In addition to the wall that will separate The Home Depot from the lot behind Windsong Ranch, the store will also feature two levels of oak, cypress, elm and myrtle trees in order to improve aesthetics for the neighbors and absorb sound from the loading dock. Town Manager Harlan Jefferson said the council's focus on commercial development aesthetics maintains the town's high standards.

“The community has standards,” Jefferson said. “They have certain expectations, and those relate to the quality of the development they'd like to see in the town, and I think quality attracts quality, so if you start and set a high standard, then the development that comes in adjacent to that will also meet a high standard, and that adds value to the community overall.”

The six stipulations to the council's approval included the requirement of the 14-foot wall, permanent sleeves in the pavement for the seasonal sales section and heavy-duty black metal cart returns. In addition, seasonal sales will be permitted only from March 1-June 1 and from Nov. 15-Jan. 1.

The ordinance and exhibits provided by The Home Depot representatives will be considered for approval by the council at the meeting on Jan. 10.