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Sunnyside neighbors oppose zoning change
Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee member Ray Lamberth (l-r), City Manager Henrietta Turner, Cyndi Nichols with the city’s permits and code compliance office, President Philip Vipond, and members Teddi Harllee and Chris Talamantez discuss a variance request during the April 9 meeting of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee.
An application to rezone property at 1805 Sunnyside grabbed most of the attention at the April 9 meeting of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee.
Five citizens went to Floresville City Hall to oppose the rezoning, and four of them spoke against it during the citizen comment part of the meeting.
J.R. Rogers, who said his property was “right next door,” got things started.
“A change to commercial [zoning] would impact my property,” he stated. “I’d have commercial all around me. It’d affect my property value. ... I’m very much opposed to rezoning.”
Other Sunnyside residents took the same position. John Tackitt said rezoning to commercial would result in the street being torn up, and Larry Olsen said it would result in increased traffic that would make it dangerous for him to turn into his own driveway.
Tony Palumbo, the property owner making the application, spoke in his own defense. He began by saying the front of the house on the 3.13 acres of property was 100 years old and that he had “totally remodeled it.”
“I want to bring the property to its best and highest use,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything disruptive or wrong for the community.”
He said he was considering making the house a duplex so that two families could more easily afford to move into the area.
Committee president Philip Vipond pointed out that making the house into a two-family duplex did not require rezoning. Palumbo replied that he didn’t have a set plan and was looking for flexibility.
“If it’s commercial, I could sell part of it,” he said, suggesting that part of it could be additional parking for the La Quinta motel or a location for a restaurant.
When the subject came up later in the agenda, little further discussion ensued. Committee member Ray Lamberth made a motion, seconded by fellow member Chris Talamantez, to deny the application. The motion carried unanimously.
The committee also considered an application for a 2-1/2-foot setback variance at 1810 Standish St., already zoned as commercial property. Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office explained that the Phelan family wanted to make the existing carport into an enclosed room and requested the variance because a carport requires less setback than a permanent structure under zoning regulations.
The Phelans said they wanted to set up an auto insurance office on the property with parking for three or four cars in the front. Lamberth offered a motion for the committee to accept the application for the variance and the motion passed unanimously.
The committee also unanimously passed a motion to approve the final plat of 10.62 acres -- two tracts north of the new Richardson’s auto dealership location on U.S. 181. Nichols said the plat does not yet have city utilities, but is scheduled for annexation.
Committee members tabled consideration to approve the final plat for 908 10th St., the former Floresville Independent School District administrative office. Vipond said he and Harllee would have to “step away” from that discussion as officers of the Floresville Chamber of Commerce, causing the committee to fall short of a quorum to take action regarding the plat. A special meeting has since been scheduled April 17 to address the matter; if the full committee attends, the quorum issue is avoided.
In other action, the committee:
•Approved expenditure of $848 in legal fees for March;
•Tabled consideration of a building setback variance for 1700 10th St. for lack of the specific size of the area in question;
•Agreed to pursue holding a workshop later in April with Floresville City Council members to discuss the River Bend Subdivision development and a three-year annexation plan.
Also in attendance: Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner.
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