The Murphy City Council began the new year by not voting to re-zone the city’s last remaining agricultural tract for a housing development.
The proposal died for lack of a motion after a lengthy public hearing at the council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, at City Hall.
Developer Syed Hussain had proposed a residential community to be called Southfork Estates on the northwest corner of Betsy Lane and North Murphy Road.
The 9-acre tract, owned by Dr. Lorraine Chalkley, is the current location of Southfork Animal Clinic, which is moving to the northeast corner of the intersection after being purchased by Dr. Hector Carbonell.
Chalkley and Hussain, president and CEO of First Crescent Enterprises, had requested that the property be rezoned from Agriculture to Planned Development with a mix of uses including single-family residential and single-family patio home.
By Bob Wieland
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