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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:06 pm

The Odessa Planning & Zoning Commission approved some rezoning requests and a preliminary plat request during a Thursday meeting for Betenbough homes, part of a large housing project they are working on in north Odessa.

Commission members unanimously approved the conversion of 19 acres of land from retail to special dwelling district along East Loop 338 between 87th and 100th Streets in order to facilitate the development of additional single-family housing. Special dwelling districts allow for smaller lot widths, 40-feet wide lots for each house instead of the standard 50-feet, meaning more room for housing.

The preliminary plat request was for a 27.76 acre tract of land northeast of the intersection of Wagon Way and East 91st Street, where Betenbough intends to create about 140 lots for single-family housing. Betenbough Land Planning Manager Chris Berry said these requests were made to fit into their current concept plan for their Ratliff Ridge development, of which these are just a small part.

Berry said their end goal for the project is to build a little more than 850 homes in total in north Odessa, between 87th and 100th Streets and Highway 385 and East Loop 338. There are already dozens of homes that have been built in the development, Berry said about 50 acres have been developed in total.

“There’s a little niche here for our production homes,” Berry said. “Just the demand out here, we’re trying to help fulfill that.”

These developments are coming up at a time when Odessa is desperate for housing. The Odessa City Council just recently approved a plan to provide incentives to cover infrastructure costs to developers who build homes meeting a certain criteria, including fitting into a price range between $130,000 and $225,000.

Homes listed in the Ratliff Ridge area on Betenbough’s website have prices ranging from a little more than $169,000, to as much as nearly $300,000.

Berry said there was no confirmed date for when the development would be completed, but said Betenbough is starting construction on about seven new homes a week. Betenbough is a Lubbock-based developer with homes in Lubbock, Amarillo, Odessa and Midland.

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