As part of ongoing negotiations with the Town of Killeen, developer Joshua Welch has updated his concept plan for the development of planned units in South Killeen to address numerous concerns raised by members of the town council, qu he explained during a presentation at Tuesday’s City Council workshop.
The development comprises 333 lots, the majority of which are 50 feet in width and length, or approximately 6,000 square feet in area.
The project is a planned unit development, or PUD, a type of zoning that grants the city a wide range of control over intended use, and is located along Clear Creek Road, occupying approximately 80 acres between Modoc Drive and Reese Creek Road.
Planning Director Wallis Meshier provided additional details regarding the development on Tuesday evening, adding that the proposed lot density is around 4.12 units per acre, not far off the 3.3 units per acre currently seen by Goodnight Ranch. near.
The development will include two “collector streets” connecting to Reese Creek Road and Clear Creek Road.
Previously, members of city council had raised concerns about the scope of the project, traffic and parking, and whether the development’s green space had been used appropriately.
In response, Meshier presented an updated proposal from Welch, which included increased green space, wider streets, and a greater focus on livability.
The Council took no action on the matter on Tuesday. It will return for a vote at its regular meeting on February 22.
One of Councilman Michael Boyd’s concerns during last week’s presentation was that residents of the development would have difficulty navigating safely through the single-street parking available on the resident’s 28 feet between the front and sidewalk front streets. For clarification, the 29-foot streets previously reported by the Herald were taken from the project’s right-of-way diagrams and were based on the back of the sidewalk to the back of the sidewalk.
The new plan includes 30-foot-wide streets, with 60-foot rights-of-way and parallel parking lots on both sides.
Collector streets were another issue, with concerns about privacy and noise levels for residents along these streets. To address this concern, the developer included upgraded fencing, which would be 6 to 8 foot topped wooden privacy fences with brick or masonry brackets every 100 feet.
There was a level of concern for a small residence to the left of the lower collector street, which Boyd believed could be unduly disrupted by the constant comings and goings of the roughly 996 available residents in the housing development. Boyd requested that the developer consider providing soundproofing to help isolate decades-old residents from the new development.
Additionally, the project clarified in its updated right-of-way diagram that a “street tree” will be present at the front of each house, each of which would be a foot and a half thick and at least six feet tall. high at the front of each house. time of planting. Each lot would have, provided there was space, at least six 3-gallon shrubs by the time it was completed.
Parks and green spaces
Another issue for Boyd last week was a Home Owners Association park that was described as too small for development.
The new plan includes additional green space, totaling 5.23 acres of parkland, which at around 5.23 acres per 1,000 people is much higher than the recently adopted parks master plan recommended by a acre per 1,000 population. To accomplish this feat, the developer activated two drainage routes, in the northeast and west parts of the development, to include a multipurpose field in the first, and a swing and pet waste stations in the second, among other amenities.
Additionally, Meshier explained that the project’s HOA would be controlled by a third-party management company to manage and administer the affairs of the HOA.
The final piece of the PUD puzzle was a request from city staff and council not to include “snout houses” in development plans. “Snout houses” are houses whose garages occupy more than 50% of the foreground of the house facing the street.
So far, the developer has not accepted the request, arguing instead that it would significantly reduce the number of floor plans available for the neighborhood. Instead, the developer agreed to limit the number of “snout houses” to those with a 25-foot setback – or all other lots.
Councilwoman Jessica Gonzalez thanked Welch for her work in responding to many requests from city council.
“Thank you for considering our concerns and incorporating them into our presentation,” she said.
Welch responded by calling it a “joint effort” and a “partnership.”
“It’s a partnership,” he says. “We are building neighborhoods for our community, for the people here.”
Several other items were also discussed at Tuesday’s meeting.
The City Council has received an update from the Tanko Consulting Group regarding the possible takeover of the Killeen Streetlights. Currently, the energy company Oncor owns the Killeen lamps, charging a rate of around $10 per lamp per month. Killeen currently uses 4,539 streetlights, the cost of which, according to Tanko representatives, can be reduced to around 43 cents per streetlight.
However, City Manager Kent Cagle warned the City Council that Oncor would not want to agree to a takeover and would likely try to go to litigation.
The city council unanimously agreed to direct Cagle to send an initial letter of offer to Oncor for the purchase of its street lights.
The city council has also agreed to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Central Texas Council of Governments to host a hazardous waste event in Killeen, for up to $45,000.
In addition, the city re-enacted its financial governance policy, with revisions. The changes included the new water and wastewater impact charges, as well as the new water tariff and additional budget categories.
The city also agreed to modify the 2019-20 fiscal year annual action plan to use CARES Act funding to pay for coronavirus relief.
Finally, a partnership between the city, Habitat for Humanity and Cove House to create the “From Homelessness to Shelter” project, a homelessness assistance program that aims to rehabilitate homeless people with a multi-level designed to promote healthy living and financial responsibility.