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P&Z OKs subdivision, plans Floresville’s future


P&Z OKs subdivision, plans Floresville’s future
Chris Stewart of Stewart Planning Consulting (left), Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee member Teddi Harllee, and Floresville Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes make notations to a revised draft of Floresville’s zoning map during the committee’s July 10 meeting.


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Wilson County News
July 17, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Residents near the corner of Goliad Road and Peach Street here soon could have four new neighbors, following the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee’s July 10 votes to approve a variance and final plat related to a planned subdivision.

The property owner plans to divide it into four lots -- on which manufactured homes will be placed. But one of the lots, according to Cyndi Nichols of the city’s Permits and Code Compliance Office, does not meet Floresville’s minimum frontage requirement. This is because of its irregular shape, due to the layout of the nearby roadway. This is why the committee granted the variance.

The Floresville City Council gave its final approval of the variance and the final plat at its meeting the following evening. For more on the council meeting, see related article, below.

Prior to its regular meeting, the planning and zoning committee held a workshop related to the development of the city’s comprehensive land-use plan. Among the recommendations from consultant Chris Stewart of Austin-based Stewart Planning Consulting included making sure future multi-family dwellings are spread throughout the city -- not confined to just one area. It would mean the end of the city’s longtime tiered zoning system.

The current tiered system works only in classifications for use. It does not establish specific zones for these uses. In some areas of the city, this has resulted in industrial buildings and homes being located in close proximity to one another.

Stewart suggested revising the zoning ordinance to include distinct districts with specific purposes -- such as industrial, retail, or residential.

Committee member Ray Lamberth said the current tiered system has hindered Floresville’s growth.

“Everybody wants a Chili’s; everybody wants an Outback,” he said. “But if you can’t promise them that an RV (recreational vehicle) park or a used car lot is not going to come in next to them, they’re not going to come.”

In attendance: Committee members Philip Vipond, Teddi Harllee, and Ray Lamberth; Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Complaince Office, Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes, and Chris Stewart of Stewart Planning Consulting.

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