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Proposed amendment calls for planned development districts




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FLORESVILLE -- A June 4 vote by the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission could define the future of subdivision construction here.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend an amendment of the city’s code of ordinances to allow for the creation of planned development districts (PDD). This followed a public hearing at the beginning of the meeting, during which no one from the public spoke. The Floresville City Council will make the final determination on the amendment.

According to Chris Stewart of Stewart Planning Consulting -- who spoke with the committee via telephone --a PDD gives developers some degree of flexibility beyond “standard 60 by 30 lots.”

Developers wishing to establish PDDs must present the entirety of their concept to the commission, Stewart said. Their plans must address issues such as density, parking and landscape access, and utilities, Stewart said. When it comes to large-scale subdivision development, such as the proposed Villages at River Bend, a PDD lays out a set plan for the entire project. This prevents the need for multiple variance requests each time a new structure is to be built.

Both the city and the developer must approve final plans prior to construction, Stewart said.

Vipond believes the PDD fits with the city’s overall growth plan “without us being a nanny” to every new project.

The Villages at River Bend is a concept proposed by Richard Kunz of the Austin-based Avalon Park Group, who was not present for the meeting. Kunz proposes developing the more-than 700 unsold lots in the River Bend residential subdivision into varying housing types such as single-family detached homes, duplexes, “fourplexes,” and townhomes, along with office space and retail stores.

Kunz introduced the PDD concept to the city and said he has enjoyed success with PDDs in cities such as Gonzales, where his firm is building the 500-unit 1835 Villages mixed-use subdivision.

Also in attendance: Commission members Teddi Harllee and Jim Lawhon, Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner, and Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office.

 

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