West U Zoning Hearings Set

September 22, 2014

The city of West U will hold two town hall meetings later this month, to gather public comments and input on the efforts to revise the zoning regulations for non-single family residential properties in the city.
The meetings will be held on Monday, September 29, at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m., in the large meeting room at the Community Building at Auden Street and Rice Boulevard.
The proposed zoning changes, which were developed by consultants for the Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC), will be presented for community feedback. The consultants worked closely with a steering committee, as well as the Zoning and Planning Commission.
Members of the steering committee included ZPC Chair Richard Wilson and Assistant City Manager Chris Peifer, as well as Sam Parikh, Lauren Griffith, Marshall Clinkscales, and Bruce Frankel. Also working on the steering committee were West U Contract Administrator Gerardo Barrera and City Planner Debbie Scarcella.
The first steps in the review of the possible zoning changes included March and April meetings with the steering committee, as well as other “stakeholders” who were divided into small focus groups.
After those meetings, KKC took the preliminary information and the comments of the focus groups to come up with a plan to guide the review process.
The consultant presented the final Strategic Approach Report to the Steering Committee and the Zoning and Planning Commission on August 13, 2013.
A key part of the proposed zoning changes is the creation of the Town Center Commercial District, known as the TCC. The proposed zoning ordinance states: “. The purpose of this district is to accommodate limited commercial uses within the established core of the Town Center area that will benefit the city’s residents, while protecting nearby single-family residences and neighborhoods from incompatible activity through application of specific development standards. The boundaries of the district are area bounded by Rice Boulevard on the north, University Boulevard on the south, Poor Farm Ditch on the east, and Edloe Street on the west.”
The proposed changes also provide that the only uses in the TCC are: “retail, light office use, and food service use. TCC does not allow for residential use of any kind, bars or club uses, entertainment venues, sexually oriented businesses, auto-intensive uses, gambling establishments, surgical or emergency clinics, or any medium commercial uses. No use in TCC shall receive clients, customers, deliveries or services such as trash collection, or other visitors beyond the owner and employees, or operate any powered equipment, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.”
Additional information will be posted to the city of West U’s Zoning and Planning Commission web page titled Commercial Zoning Review as the process continues.
For questions or concerns, please contact Debbie Scarcella, City Planner at 713-662-5893 or dscarcella@westutx.gov.