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Flood concerns delay RV park proposal
FLORESVILLE -- The threat of flooding from the nearby Lodi Branch is one of the reasons why the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee at its June 6 meeting tabled discussion of a special-use permit for 1956 Sutherland Springs Road.
Robert Starnes, who is the authorized agent for Starnes Investment Group, LLC, said his company wants to establish a recreational-vehicle (RV) park on the 17.35-acre tract. But Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville permits office, who also serves as the city’s flood-plain administrator, said an engineer must approve the plan since a portion of the property sits within a flood-hazard area. Nichols said an ordinance the city passed in December forbids RV parks from being located in such areas, and Starnes’ plans indicate that the park’s entry and exit are within the flood-hazard area.
Additionally, Nichols said that since the property is located within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, it lacks a zoning classification. For Starnes’ desired usage, she said, it must be classified as “commercial” before a special-use permit is issued.
Also during the meeting, the committee reached a consensus to ask the Floresville City Council to amend its bylaws as they relate to term limits. When the council approved the bylaws last year, it decided that committee members would serve one-year staggered terms.
The terms for committee members David Jaramillo and Robert Leal were supposed to end in May, when a newly seated council would have had the option to retain them or select replacements. But the city’s election has since been changed to November, so a new council will not be seated until then.
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