Rockwall Residents Oppose Plans for Development Near Wetlands

Developer plan calls for 60 affordable homes along SH 66 and FM 1141

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    Some residents in Rockwall are fiercely opposed to a developer's plan to build affordable housing along State Highway 66 and Farm to Market Road 1141.

    The fight for land near Squabble Creek is living up to its name.

    Rockwall residents are fiercely opposed to a developer's plan for affordable housing near wetlands flowing into Lake Ray Hubbard.

    Rockwall Residents Oppose Affordable Housing Development

    [DFW] Rockwall Residents Oppose Affordable Housing Development
    Some residents in Rockwall are fiercely opposed to a developer's plan to build affordable housing along State Highway 66 and Farm to Market Road 1141.

    "We are not going to give up," Gregg Bass said. "This project was done very quietly in a way that many of us are very shocked and kind of upset about."

    NuRock wants to build 60 homes along State Highway 66 and Farm-to-Market 1141.

    "This is the only piece of private property between Williams Street all the way to Lake Ray Hubbard," Jeanne Davis said. "From this property to Lake Ray Hubbard, the elevation drops 73 feet, and that is a very big drop. Anything that is done on this property affects the drinking water of the city of Dallas because this is a direct route to Lake Ray Hubbard."

    Stacy Back, who has put up "Oppose NuRock" signs on her fence, said the location isn't safe for children.

    "We don't want to disrupt what is there and we don't want the tenants to be in an unsafe zone," she said. "As you can tell, cars are flying by, and it's a popular area with no sidewalks."

    The Rockwall Housing Authority has suspended its partnership with the developer, saying that no one in the neighborhood supported the project.

    But NuRock said it plans to move forward with the development if the state supports its plans.

    "The environment, traffic and schools will not be affected any differently by this workforce housing than these factors would be affected by any other homes built here," NuRock said in a statement.

    Back said the area needs and welcomes affordable housing -- just not on those 15 acres.

    "This development has been considered by other developers," Bass said. "They have walked away because the topography is not good for building."

    The Rockwall Housing Authority said it has 250 people waiting for affordable housing.

    The next meeting is on April 18 at the Dallas Public Library.