The Argyle Town Hall Community Room overflowed recently with about 60 residents concerned about the proposed Lochland of Argyle Development that is projected to have 695-plus homes on the north side of FM407 and Interstate 35W.
At the meeting led by the town's Program for Argyle Community Engagement (PACE), Argyle citizens questioned the Terra Manna Land developers about their plans for the development. The company is also developing Waterbrook at U.S. Highway 377 and FM407 and some residents have been worried about the trees being removed to make way for that development.
PACE sponsors meetings to allow Argyle residents to ask questions concerning the development of the town.
During the meeting, residents expressed their concerns that the proposed outlet roads for Lochland of Argyle would increase traffic problems on FM407 while getting children to school or going to I-35W, causing people to find an alternate route, which would likely be Sam Davis Road, causing it to have the same traffic difficulties.
Other residents were displeased with the density of the development, stating they wanted to "keep Argyle rural," a sentiment that was echoed many times during the meeting. Some people asked why the development couldn't have large one-acre lot sizes.
The developer stated several times that he had done successful developments like Lochland in Colleyville and Southlake, but what he didn't seem to hear was "we don't want to be like Southlake or Colleyville." A number of residents stated they simply are not ready for this kind of high density development, especially with what has already been approved in and just outside of the Argyle boundaries.
"My take from the meeting is that Argyle citizens will show up in full force at the planning and zoning meeting to ask the board and town leadership to uphold the agriculture zoning ordinance and not change it," Argyle Town Council member Todd Mankin said.
Lochland of Argyle has a request for rezoning the 333 acres of land from agricultural to residential uses that will go before the town of Argyle Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in August.
"Our citizens are well educated and they understand the crucial need for infrastructure before explosive residential and commercial progress," Mankin said.
Argyle residents to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Argyle residents Mike Briscoe and his son Carlton are training and making plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania and is Africa's tallest mountain.
Briscoe believes the experience of climbing the mountain with his son will be a life-enriching experience for both of them.
Carlton and his sister Madison both graduated from Liberty Christian School and Madison is now a student at the University of Arkansas. Carlton plans to attend the University of North Texas this fall.
Mike Briscoe's family members are longtime residents in the Denton area. His father, Jack Briscoe, owned Briscoe Tire & Alignment in Denton for many years, and his mother, Colleen, was a longtime employee of First State Bank and Wells Fargo.
The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month at Coffee Tree Café, 144 Old Town Blvd. in Argyle, and at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, contact Deborah Cottle via email at email@example.com.
The Argyle Chamber of Commerce meets the third Tuesday of every month for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. The chamber office is in Point Bank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, visit www.argylechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.
The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.
Keep Argyle Beautiful meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Argyle Town Hall. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through educational and motivational programs and special events. For more information, visit www.keepargylebeautiful.com or email Deborah Cottle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.argylebooks.com. She can be reached at email@example.com.