Lufkin developer pulls application for zone change request for new subdivision

Lufkin developer pulls application for zone change request for new subdivision

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Developer Rufus Duncan has pulled his application to build within the city.

Duncan recently requested a zone change for a subdivision on Tulane drive, in hopes of bringing 13 modestly priced homes to the area.

Some residents in the area were happy about the cancellation.

Phil Huber has lived in his home off Tulane Drive and Darlington Street for over 40 years.

Huber said he and other residents were a little worried when they learned that 13 houses were planned to go up nearby.

"Tulane sometimes can be a nightmare," Huber said. "There's lots of traffic and half of Lufkin goes to Walmart and Academy down Tulane."

Before the city told East Texas News that Duncan pulled his application, Huber said a petition was going around.

"There was a large amount of them," Huber said.

During Tuesday's meeting, the council postponed the vote towards Duncan's zone change.

City officials said they wanted to give residents an opportunity to attend the meeting.

Assistant City Manager Jason Arnold said the city doesn't know why Duncan made this decision.

KTRE reached out to Duncan about his decision, but he wasn't able to speak with us.

Huber said he wasn't against modest homes coming to Lufkin; he just wanted to make sure the neighborhood stayed safe.

Now that Duncan has officially pulled his application, the city will no longer have a discussion at the next meeting.

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