City Council selects mayors pro tem, approves zoning changes

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City council members appointed fellows Brent Daniels, left, as mayor pro tem and Brandon Jones as deputy mayor pro tem. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)

 

Before city services were placed on hold to observe Independence Day, the Lewisville City Council made a few decisions affecting land development for certain properties and determining who would perform mayoral duties if the mayor is absent and unable to do so.

The council chose Brent Daniels, who sits in Place 5, as mayor pro tem and Place 4 Brandon Jones as deputy mayor pro tem. Council members choose on a rotating basis who will serve in these roles annually.

The council also declared the month of July “Parks and Recreation Month.” The City of Lewisville recognized in its proclamation the various benefits derived from parks and recreation programs, such as improved mental and physical health of residents, increased economic prosperity of the city and the maintained well-being of the environment.

One of the consent agenda items was moved to closed session discussion before being approved by City Council in regular session. The item notes McGee Country Store Inc. intends to make improvements to its deli on the corner of McGee and FM 407, an area within Lewisville’s northern gateway which the city has targeted for redevelopment.

City staff reviewed the proposed improvements and recommended council approve giving the property owner a beautification grant to encourage additional landscaping and beautification for the property. The grant of $59,405.13 would be paid as a reimbursement after a substantial amount of the project is completed.

After the closed session, the city council meeting returned to public hearing items. The first item requested a zoning change for a tract of land on the corner of Bellaire Boulevard and Oakwood Lane from Townhouse District to Planned Development – Townhouse 2 District.

Parks and Recreation Director Stacie Anaya, right, commended the staff members in the parks department, who are responsible for the maintenance of recreation grounds as well as the execution of parks programs, for their part in making recreation activities available to residents. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)

It also proposed the approval of three associated variances, which would waive the alley requirement and allow front entrance, allow for a gated community with private streets and allow an alternative layout for street intersection. The development, when completed, is projected to have about 104 units, trails and common areas, and a large, open area over a gas line easement.

Council unanimously approved the proposed ordinance and the variances associated with it.

The second public hearing item also requested a zoning change, this time for a residential development on the east and west sides of Vista Drive, as well as approval of one related variance.

The request was to change the Local Commercial District to Planned Development – R-5 Single Family Residential District. The residential development will have 46 single-family lots, each with front-entry units consisting of enhanced building material, screening landscaping and useable open space. The variance requested waiving alley requirements to allow for front-entry.

City Council approved the zoning change and the requested variance. Council members also approved all the consent agenda items in one motion, save for the item that was discussed in closed session and approved separately.

By doing so, council members approved an increase in the contract tax rate per parcel with Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector from $0.72 to $0.82.

The motion also approved several agreements: a professional services agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates in the amount of $81,000 for design and construction services for three proposed traffic signals at TxDOT-roadway and city-street intersections, an agreement for proposed development of townhomes and public parking on Walters Street in accordance with the Old Town Master Plan, an agreement with Legacy Pointe, LLC to develop 12 acres of land east of Kealy Avenue into 97 single-family lots within walking distance of Old Town, and an agreement for the review and analysis of a proposed Tax Increment Financing District for Denton County Fresh Water Supply Districts 1-G and 1-H in the amount of $70,000 to Hawes Hill & Associates, which Bright Realty agreed to reimburse the city 50 percent of the costs.

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