The Washington City Council Monday night approved the voluntary annexation of a 6.72-acre parcel of land off Rabbit Trail Drive for a new residential subdivision.

The request was made by John Paul and Nancy Quick, Owensville.

Vic Hoerstkamp with Northern Star Homes has a contract to purchase the property for the proposed Malvern Hill subdivision.

The new subdivision will be the first utilizing the city’s new R-1D residential zoning classification which allows minimum lot sizes of 7,500 square feet rather than the 10,000-square-foot lot sizes in R-1A developments.

The Malvern Hill project calls for the extension of Rabbit Trail to the south and three cul-de-sac streets extending on the west side where lots will be developed.

The plan calls for zoning 4.45 acres as R-1C for duplex units along two of the cul-de-sacs and the balance of property R-1D for 10 lots, most of which are 7,500 square feet. Two lots at the end of the cul-de-sac are much larger, however.

There was no further discussion from council members on the voluntary annexation. The council originally tabled the request because it was unsure if the fire flow was adequate.

Since that time the fire flow was tested and is adequate, Mayor Sandy Lucy said.

Another ordinance was passed in regard to fire flow, which recognizes the new R-1D zoning district and treats R-1C districts the same as R-2, which are identical structures, said Jim Briggs, city administrator.