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Floresville Council talks 9 feet for 15 minutes
Floresville City Attorney Louis Rosenberg (standing) advises the Floresville City Council during its Dec. 30 special meeting.
FLORESVILLE -- Buildings here with a “commercial” zoning classification must have a rear-yard setback of at least 25 feet. The rear of the La Quinta Inn and Suites on U.S. 181 in Floresville falls short of this requirement, which is why the Floresville City Council, at a Dec. 30 special meeting, voted unanimously to approve a variance.
According to City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, the rear-yard setback on the property is 9 feet short. Satish Bhakta, a representative of the hotel’s owner, said she became aware of the need for a variance during ongoing negotiations to sell the hotel. The buyer’s lender stipulated that the variance was needed prior to financing being approved.
Cyndi Nichols of the city’s permits and code compliance office said that Bureau Veritas, which performs Floresville’s building inspections, reviewed the plans for the hotel prior to its 2012 construction. But when the city inquired about why the firm did not call attention to the setback issue, Nichols said Bureau Veritas informed the city that it does not verify setbacks for commercial buildings.
While the meeting ended 34 minutes after it was called to order, the council did not begin conducting business for the first 15 minutes, due to the late arrival of Councilman Johnny Ray Nieto. This is because Rosenberg said such a zoning change required a supermajority of the council to be present. Since the council has a vacancy that will not be filled until after a May special election, all four remaining councilmen needed to be present and three needed to vote in favor of the variance in order for it to pass.
Floresville City Council, Dec. 30 special meeting. In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Mario Morones, Johnny Ray Nieto, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Henrietta Turner, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office, and Lt. Jesse Evins of the Floresville Police Department.
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