Plans to expand MAG's offering of European cars got the OK from Dublin City Council members last week.

Plans to expand MAG's offering of European cars got the OK from Dublin City Council members last week.

On March 12, council members unanimously approved the rezoning and preliminary development plan for a 45,000-square-foot building addition for BMW and Audi franchises.

"They're currently located on Post Road," developer attorney Ben Hale previously told council. "Those facilities are inadequate, according to BMW, so the dealership must move. The owner wants to consolidate all dealerships on one site."

The rezoning included the addition of almost 9 acres to the 24-acre MAG campus that sits on the east side of Perimeter Loop Drive, north of U.S. Route 33 and state Route 161.

The building proposed for vacant land and "is designed to orient both showrooms toward U.S. (Route) 33/(state Route) 161," the staff report to council states.

The building would follow the architecture established with the other MAG building, planner Claudia Husak told council last month, and would be made of glass, stucco and metal.

The plan also includes display and parking areas for the addition of the Mini and BMW franchises.

The campus currently sells cars from Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and other European brands.

In other council news, the first reading was heard of a rezoning and preliminary development plan to establish a development of single-family homes on almost 19 acres of land on Brand Road.

The 18.5 acres of the proposed development are vacant and sit on the north side of Brand Road, west of Wellington Place.

According to Husak, the development proposal includes 28 single-family lots and 3.6 acres of open space along Brand Road, where the main entrance will be.

The development also proposes 30 to 40 feet of tree enhancement areas around the edge of the property.

"It will be a very wooded, very natural area," she said.

Hale - who also represented Casto, the developer of the land - said there are plans to replace about 500 trees during construction and save others when possible.

A road would be constructed through the middle of the site and provide a right-of-way for connection to Ballybridge Drive, the staff report to council said. Homes in the development would be constructed by different builders and be made of brick, stone, wood, stucco and fiber cement siding.

Roger Reeves, who lives directly to the north of the proposed development, asked council to consider a plan that would move the northernmost house to the southern portion of the property to save some large trees in the area.

"I propose the 40-foot tree preservation zone on the north side be extended to 80 feet," Reeves said.

Council member Cathy Boring suggested developers include a plan on how to save some of the larger trees in their applications.

Other neighboring residents brought up flooding concerns and said their backyards already have drainage issues. The developers said they could work with the neighbors to provide some kind of solution.

The second reading and vote on the rezoning and preliminary development plan is expected to go before council March 26.