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Wilson County News May 22, 2013 | 2,596 views | 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee continues its discussions toward the creation of the city’s first-ever land-use plan. This was the purpose of a May 15 workshop with Chris Stewart of Austin-based Stewart Planning Consulting, LLC.
According to video footage of the workshop, roughly the first half-hour was devoted to a discussion about the Floresville City Council’s May 9 decision to grant a request to rezone a property at 1716-18 C St., after the committee took no action on the proposal.
“We basically had no reason to turn it down,” said Committee President Philip Vipond. “We had no reason logically to turn it down.”
During the discussion of the land-use plan, the committee discussed Floresville’s strengths and what makes the city great. Chris Talamantez recalled his childhood in Floresville, which was vibrant with small, family-run businesses.
Vipond said that no matter what elements go into the plan, he wants to see one set of rules that treats everyone equally.
In addition to the increased population lured to Floresville by an increasingly congested San Antonio, residents also continue to flock to the area because of the opportunities found within the Eagle Ford shale play. Stewart suggested to the committee that in addition to planning for the future of land within the city limits and the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), it also should take into account the land outside the ETJ. This suggestion had the group focusing on the future of areas as far north as the intersection of F.M. 775 and U.S. 181 -- approximately 6 miles away. Discussion also meandered onto the Mission Rail Park in Saspamco, which is more than 10 miles away.
In attendance: Committee members Philip Vipond, Jim Lawhon, Teddi Harllee, and Chris Talamantez; Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin, and Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office.