Commission Tables Indian Trails Estates

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As a large contingent of concerned neighbors looked on, a rezoning request for Indian Trails Estates, a proposed 20-lot gated subdivision on North Chaparral Pines Drive, was tabled by the Planning and Zoning Commission because of a legal technicality.

"The zoning they were pursuing didn't comply with the uniform code development plan, so they were requesting a different zoning than the one that was on the agenda," Deputy Town Attorney Tim Greer said. "That creates a problem with the open meeting law, so I told the commission they should table the matter."

The zoning the developers should have requested requires less density, Greer said. Commission Chairperson Ruth Craig said density is a concern for some neighbors.

"People out there have horses and have a problem with zoning changes that will allow more houses," Craig said.

In recommending approval of the request, town zoning administrator Rudy Frost pointed out that the average lot size would be larger than Chaparral Pines and PineGate, two nearby subdivisions; that proposed open spaces are equivalent to those subdivisions; and that increases in traffic would be minimal compared to Chaparral Pines with 693 dwelling units.

Because the matter was tabled, the discussion didn't get very far, but Greer said it looked like it was going to get very interesting.

"There were a lot of people there," he said. "When a room is full like that, there is usually something brewing."

Commission Vice Chairperson Bob Flibotte said the discussion was just getting under way when Greer pulled the plug on the item.

"Mr. Greer said the zoning being applied for was not the one we were in a position to grant," Flibotte said.

According to Frost, the zoning that should have been requested R1-18-PAD, has already been rejected by the commission once before. Further, he said the density issue is a moot point from the town's point of view.

"The property in question is surrounded by undeveloped property, which (the developers) are not impacting. You can argue compatibility with adjacent neighborhoods, but not when the neighbors are 400 feet away.

Among 12 conditions attached to the rezoning request is one requiring the developer to provide an adequate, verifiable water supply and improvement plans for a water storage and distribution system. The item is scheduled to be taken up again at the next regular commission meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Town Hall.

LONGHORN HOTEL GRANTED EXTENSION

In other action, the commission granted a six-month extension of the conditional use permit for a 76-room hotel and Walgreen's drug store planned for 111 W. Longhorn Road at Highway 87. The applicant, Payson Hotel Investors, had requested a one-year extension, but Craig said the additional six months is the maximum allowed under law.

"They can come back in six months and request another extension," Flibotte said. "It's the commissions prerogative to grant them another extension."

In requesting the extension, John Shoecraft, president of Payson Hotel Investors, said, "There is an existing tenant on the Walgreen's parcel whose lease does not expire until Jan., 2003, and no agreement has been reached for the tenants to vacate the premises until the lease expires."

MANZANITA HILLS REZONING APPROVED

Finally a rezoning request for Manzanita Hills Phase Four, a 19-lot single-family residential subdivision, was approved. All of the lots in the development, to be built on a 27.27-acre site at the west end of West Sherwood Drive, will be a minimum of one acre.Xxx he said. "When a room is full like that, there is usually something brewing."

Commission Vice Chairperson Bob Flibotte said the discussion was just getting under way when Greer pulled the plug on the item.

"Mr. Greer said the zoning being applied-for was not the one we were in a position to grant," Flibotte said.

According to Frost, the zoning that should have been requested R1-18-PAD, has already been rejected by the commission once before. Further, he said the density issue is a moot point from the town's perspective.

"The property in question is surrounded by undeveloped property, which (the developers) are not impacting. You can argue compatibility with adjacent neighborhoods, but not when the neighbors are 400 feet away.

Among 12 conditions attached to the rezoning request is one requiring the developer to provide an adequate, verifiable water supply and improvement plans for a water storage and distribution system. The item is scheduled to be taken up again at the next regular commission meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Town Hall.

Longhorn hotel granted extension

In other action, the commission granted a six-month extension of the conditional-use permit for a 76-room hotel and Walgreen's drug store planned for 111 W. Longhorn Road at Highway 87. The applicant, Payson Hotel Investors, had requested a one-year extension, but Craig said the additional six months is the maximum allowed under law.

"They can come back in six months and request another extension," Flibotte said. "It's the commission's prerogative to grant them another extension."

In requesting the extension, John Shoecraft, president of Payson Hotel Investors, said, "There is an existing tenant on the Walgreen's parcel whose lease does not expire until Jan., 2003, and no agreement has been reached for the tenants to vacate the premises until the lease expires."

Manzanita Hills zoning approved

Finally a rezoning request for Manzanita Hills Phase Four, a 19-lot, single-family residential subdivision, was approved. All of the lots in the development, to be built on a 27.27-acre site at the west end of West Sherwood Drive, will be a minimum of one acre.

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