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City seeks planning award for Knight’s Way corridor

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 4:30 am

Area businesses and individuals who support efforts of the Harker Heights’ Development Overlay District No. 1 along the Knight’s Way corridor are urged to turn in letters of support.

“Our goal is to get several support letters to convince the awards committee of the importance to Harker Heights that is represented in the overlay,” said Eric Kilter, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s business manager in a July 2 email to members.

Harker Heights City Manager David Mitchell said council members approved the city’s first-ever corridor overlay in December.

The corridor starts in the city at Farm-to-Market 2410 and goes toward U.S. Highway 190, he said.

“It provides specific room for development work in the city,” Mitchell said. “The design is to have a balance between residential and commercial development as well as aesthetics.”

The city’s planning and development department worked on the corridor plan, taking into account the city’s codes, zoning, parking, landscape, allowing room for commercial development and using buffers such as distance, a masonry wall or trees to accommodate nearby residents, he said.

In order to receive the American Planning Association award, Mitchell said the award’s committee likes to see community support of projects.

Others cities in the state are applying for the same award with other projects, not just the overlay, he said.

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