Lewisville approves rezoning, annexation for project: The Lake at Lissara Phase II Section VII gets OK from council after lengthy process

Published 12:10 am Thursday, October 19, 2023

Lang Wilcox, the developer for The Lake at Lissara Phase II Section VII, got in his exercise last Thursday night at the Lewisville Town Council meeting, walking back and forth to the podium during multiple public forums to make comments before all three of the components of his project were approved.

First was to change the planning jurisdiction from Forsyth County RS-40C to the Town of Lewisville RS-40 with the rezoning contingent on annexation, followed by approval of a special-use permit for a Planned Residential Development (PRD) and then the final step of annexation by extending the town’s corporate limits.

Stacy Tolbert, the assistant town manager and planner, explained the process.

“The reasoning behind us doing it in this order is generally, most people who own property don’t want it to be annexed into a municipality, not necessarily Lewisville because we know Lewisville is great, but they want to make sure that their plan is going to be approved for everything that they’re requesting,” Tolbert said. “That’s why those two go first, and they’re contingent on that annexation, which really kind of seals the deal for all of it.”

All of these items were part of last month’s council meetings, where public hearings were called for last Thursday night to get final approvals.

The annexation request was for property off of Lissara Lodge Drive in the Lake of Lissara development and also backs up to frontage along Plemmons Road, involving continuous annexation for property already in the town limits of Lewisville.

Tolbert pointed out that the zoning would remain the current zoning of RS-40 “and what is already in that area for the properties in the town of Lewisville — residential single-family where the minimum lot size is 40,000 square feet. That is the predominant zoning district in our rural areas in the western portion of town.”

Wilcox, who is also a resident of Lewisville, said, “I’ve enjoyed getting to see everybody again and bring another section of our development into the town. I’m settled here and have been enjoyed being a part of this town for a long time.”

The council also approved multiple ordinances and a pair of resolutions involving the Gateway Project, which is currently under construction.
Town Manager James Ayers said that it had come to the staff’s attention about a need for additional milling and placement of asphalt around the roundabouts that is not within the scope of the current contract with Branch Civil at an additional cost of $119,234.

With no cushion in the Gateway Project budget for any other unforeseen expenses, staff requested $100,000 to be added to cover these costs, if needed, for a total of $219,234.

In another agenda item involving the Gateway Project, the council approved a lighting service agreement for 10 years with Duke Energy to provide and maintain 26 light poles to be installed in conjunction with the project at a total cost of $184,704.

This monthly service was not included in this year’s fiscal budget, so the staff also proposed to amend the operating budget to include six months of service at the monthly rate of $1,539 for a total amount of $9,235.

In other highlights from last Thursday night’s meeting, the council:
• Approved a Cybersecurity and Technical Assistance Memorandum agreement with the N.C. League of Municipalities.
• Approved ordinances to accept public street maintenance and dedication for Woodview Ridge Trail and Woodside Forest Trail, along with amending the posted speed limits.
• Heard from Ayers about a couple of events coming up on Saturday at Shallowford Square – Clean Sweep from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up the sides of the roads in the town (volunteers are asked to meet at the Annex building at 6550 Shallowford Road with gloves, bags and vests being provided), and Shalloween from 1 – 2:30 p.m. where there will be a costume contest, games, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating and a magic show. Ayers added there will be a Special Recycling Event on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.