The Harker Heights City Council will discuss the creation of development overlay districts, a hot-button issue for the city in recent months, at a retreat set for Saturday at the Activities Center.

Council members have had about 2½ weeks to study a 70-page packet given to them by Fred Morris, planning and development director, at a June 4 workshop. The packet was loaded with questions about regulating development along a 2.4-mile stretch of Farm-to-Market 2410, in regard to building setbacks, size, color and material standards, architectural design, parking, signage, landscape, screening, buffering and streetscape requirements.

“We’re going to talk about why we need an overlay and what that’s going to consist of,” said city planner Joseph Molis. “But we’re going to go into a lot more detail than what we were anticipating in the last workshop. … We’ll take some steps backward and talk about the build-out up to this point.”

Molis said he expected the retreat to last at least five hours.

The already-zoned corridor under consideration includes swaths of undeveloped land near Harker Heights High School.

“Right now, we’re having a big boom in housing,” Mayor Mike Aycock said. “In 2014, we’ll have a boom in commercial development. I think we’re going to end up with a center of commerce.”

After coming to consensuses on applicable issues during a May 29 workshop, the planning and zoning commission recommended the council take quick action on the issue, according to city documents.

The retreat, open to the public, starts at 9 a.m. at the Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.


Contact Brian Bradley at or (254) 501-7567

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