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P&Z Committee to begin shaping future Floresville
Cyndi Nichols (from left) of the Floresville Permits Office listens as Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee member Teddi Harllee, Floresville City Attorney Louis Rosenberg, and committee members Chris Talamantez and David Jaramillo discuss the city’s recently accepted master plan during the committee’s May 2 meeting.
FLORESVILLE -- Following the Floresville City Council’s acceptance of a city master plan completed by M&S Engineering, the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee has begun its part in determining how Floresville will look in the future.
At their May 2 meeting, committee members began discussing the city’s future zoning needs. They plan to continue the discussion in a workshop session at a later date.
City Attorney Louis Rosenberg said the city’s acceptance of the master plan was only the beginning of a long process, which should include a correlation between land use, utilities, and the city’s roadway system. He also addressed the need for impact fees to be charged to developers, so that the costs of adding to the existing infrastructure can be defrayed. Rosenberg expects the process to take at least two years.
The city attorney also said the committee should look at extending the city limits and creating additional areas for commercial zoning. This, Rosenberg said, is in response to complaints about the bulk of the city’s commercial property being located on U.S. 181, which often makes it unaffordable for development. He also said the committee must figure out how to enhance the existing infrastructure along U.S. 181 to allow for the type of development it wants there.
Cyndi Nichols of the city’s permits office, who also serves as the city’s floodplain administrator, reminded the committee of its need to preserve floodplain lands and not interfere with the flow of storm water during large-scale storm events.
“In ’98, you couldn’t get into Floresville because of the flooding,” Rosenberg said.
Nichols sees Buda as an acceptable model for the city’s future development. She also likes the forms that city uses in its planning and zoning applications. Buda, located south of Austin in Hays County, was home to 7,295, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, compared to Floresville’s population of 6,448.
In other business, the committee voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of 940 F St., from single-family residential to commercial. The property’s owner, Connie Calvert, currently rents the former Linda’s Ceramic Supply building to a welding shop. The city, however, ordered the shop to cease operations because city records indicated that the property never was commercially zoned.
Committee President Robert Leal tabled discussion on electing a committee secretary. The position was left vacant in December when Andy Eubanks resigned from the committee, Nichols said, and five months’ worth of meeting minutes have not been approved.
The committee did not select a secretary because June marks the end of staggered terms for Leal and fellow committee member David Jaramillo. Since it is unknown whether the council will reappoint or replace the two, the committee will delay appointment of a secretary. Leal said he would work to have the meeting minutes backlog resolved by the next regular meeting.
In attendance: Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee members Robert Leal, David Jaramillo, Chris Talamantez, Teddi Harllee, and Philip Vipond, Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits Office, and City Attorney Louis Rosenberg.
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