Town Council passes active lifestyle community, swears in Andres, Cotten

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Jason Dixon receives gifts from Town Council.

Town Council met on May 11 for their first of two monthly meetings.  The meeting began with Craig Andres and Charles Cotten being sworn in as town council members.  Andres was reelected for Place 2 and is Deputy Pro-Tem, and Charles Cotten was elected for Place 6. 

The Prosper Police Department was honored at the meeting by the Town Council.  May 15 is dedicated by President Biden and the U.S. Congress as Police Memorial day, as well as declared the week of May 9-15 as Police Week.“We commend the men and women of the Prosper Police Department for their hard work, and we ask that the entire town light the town blue and honor our police department,” Mayor Ray Smith said during the proclamation. 

Building company Ladera, along with Prosper staff, presented information about a proposed adult living neighborhood on Custer Road.  This neighborhood would be targeted for older adults, with at least 80% being 55 or older.  The request would allow for the project to be condominiums, but it appears like a neighborhood, as each house is detached.  The neighborhood would have over 240 houses.  The cost of each home would be between $320-$450K, with the average price $413K.

Jason Dixon receives rejected color schemes gift from Town Council.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that this property be built, but with concerns.  Because of the number of homes in the area, the staff was concerned that cars parked in the driveway would conflict with the sidewalk.  Additionally, the project did not include all of the berms that are typically required of detached home neighborhoods.  Finally, the builder requested using synthetic fence materials.  The builder has created similar communities in Mansfield, Fort Worth, Rockwall, and Highland Village. 

After much discussion, the town council offered requirements to the builder, including working to increase the driveway length when possible, reduced berms along the North side of the entrance with enhanced landscaping, and wood fences with caps.  “I am excited about this project, especially since we want our residents to stay here once they are finished raising their families,”  Council Member Marcus Ray said.  “The schools get the benefit of the tax dollars.  I know that these communities can be good for Prosper.”  

Prosper Town Staff presented a thoroughfare plan to align segments of Mahard Parkway, Lovers Lane, Prairie Drive, and Shawnee Trail.  The segments will be monitored for future changes with traffic lights and reduced speed limit. 

Prosper Fire Department received a grant for thermal safety cameras and vests.  “There are two separate sets of cameras we are ordering,” Chief Stuart Blasingame said.  “We will have two sets of cameras, which will allow more capabilities on our front line.  This will not go to our new fire station, as it does not make sense to have the equipment on the shelf until the station is open.”  

Craig Andres was reelected for Place 2 and is deputy pro-tem.

The Town Council meets twice weekly, on the second and fourth Tuesday at 5:45.  The meeting is open to the public and is held at Town Hall.