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Section A: General News


P&Z approves planned development district


P&Z approves planned development district
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR. — City officials, concerned residents, and members of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission discuss what could become the city’s first-ever planned development district during the commission’s Aug. 6 meeting.


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FLORESVILLE -- It now is up to the Floresville City Council to approve the creation of the city’s first-ever planned development district. The Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission voted at its Aug. 6 meeting to unanimously approve the agreement related to the proposed Villages at River Bend project.

“I think it’s the best thing to happen to Floresville in a long, long time,” said commission Chairman Philip Vipond. “I think this really fits in with our development plan, as I see it.”

Richard Kunz of Austin-based Avalon Park Group previously unveiled his plan for 10 distinctive villages to be built on the remaining undeveloped lots in the River Bend residential subdivision located off U.S. 181 Business in Floresville. In paving the way for the project, the commission also approved Kunz’s request to rezone 461 acres from “residential” zoning to “planned development district” zoning. This approval followed a public hearing, in which no members of the public spoke.

According to Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner, the agreement stipulates allowable uses for tracts of land within the district, and gives the developers certain negotiating powers. It also includes a master plan outlining density, the total number of units, and green spaces.

Turner said Kunz’s plan includes as many as seven fully developed parks, which will be maintained by the subdivision’s homeowners association.

“If it’s anything like what the agreement says, I think it’s going to be state of the art,” Turner said.

The project calls for the development of the subdivision’s remaining 746 lots. Unlike previous plans that included exclusively single-family residential structures, Avalon Park is proposing mixed-use properties that also will have townhouses, duplexes, and “fourplexes,”

in addition to office space, retail, and commercial buildings.

“In a large development like this, you have to give the developer a little more leeway than you would give someone who’s developing 50 homes,” Vipond said.

The city council is set to vote on both the development agreement and rezoning at its Aug. 28 meeting, Turner said.

The commission also recommended that the council approve:

•A 20-foot side setback variance for a garage building to be erected at 901 Fifth St.

•A 25-foot variance from the 75-foot minimum frontage requirement that would allow the property owners at 1510 G St. to remove an existing manufactured home and replace it with a newer one.

 

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