ZPC to Discuss Upcoming Town Center Public Hearing

October 13, 2011

The West U Zoning and Planning Commission will meet tonight to discuss the upcoming public hearing with city council for the Town Center zoning proposal.

The public hearing will be held on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 3800 University Blvd.

Council handed off the Town Center report to the ZPC after the Town Center Ad Hoc Committee presented it on Jan. 24. Council directed the ZPC to begin drafting proposals for zoning amendments to Edloe Street.

The proposed changes are recommended because in the event of a catastrophic loss, the buildings would lose prior non-conforming status. The current code allows 50 percent of the existing floor space to be reconstructed, which could lead to an economically blighted area.

The proposed amendments enable the retail area of the town center to be reconstructed or redeveloped through private investment.

The proposed zoning changes include:

–          Establish a definition and boundaries for the Town Center Retail District (TCDR)

–          Establish allowable uses in the TCDR

–          Establish regulations for front, side and rear yard (setbacks), visual buffering, maximum height of all structures, minimum parking requirements and exterior finishes of structures

–          Require the first floor of all structures to be at grade level

–          Allow for an above-grade parking structure for a unified development of two or more adjacent building sites and establish minimum standards for height limits, noise, lighting and exterior finishing materials.

The ZPC will meet tonight at 6:15 in the Bill Watson conference room of city hall.

To view the agenda, click here.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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