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Judge Wolff wants Hartman, homeowners to meet over Century Oaks

Developer wants to build homes near J.W. Marriott

SAN ANTONIO - Several Bexar County residents converged at Commissioners Court on Tuesday to express their concern about a development going up on Evans Road east of Highway 281 on Wortham Oaks Boulevard.

The developer, philanthropist Gordon Hartman, is planning several enclaves. Commissioners have final say on the plats, but on Tuesday passed on a vote, saying they wanted more information. Commissioners also want to make sure Hartman is following all the rules.

"I am glad the court decided 'Yeah, let's take this a little slower, let's make sure that everybody is following the rules, said Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff, who added "a number of different issues were brought up and it's a very complicated scenario."

The county wants its lawyer to look over their options. Wolff said they only have control over the plats.

Residents around the subdivision are concerned with problems more houses would bring, like water, traffic and the environment.

In postponing the vote, Judge Nelson Wolff suggested the two sides get together for a face-to-face meeting, something both sides agreed to do.

"Like I said before, I would be willing to sit down with the residents and discuss their concerns," Hartman said.

Tom Tobin, president of the Hidden Oakes subdivision, said he was glad Hartman is willing to talk.

"That is really what we want. In the end, we just want a reasonable solution," Tobin said.

Barbara Bailey of the Cibolo Creek Conservation Society and who is a homeowner in the area doesn't mind the development.

"No, absolutely not. I don't think anybody is. I think it's a question of doing it in the right way. We would like to see a conversation that's compromising, so in years to come we can look back and think there was good decisions made."

Kevin Wolff said if both sides talk, a good solution might be accomplished.

"Ideally, you would have the developer and the homeowner in a particular area work together to determine what's going to be a win, win instead of a lose, lose," Wolff said.

He did point out that if Hartman satisfies all the commissioners questions, they will have no choice but to approve the development.

Both sides plan to return to Commissioners Court on Jan. 29.

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