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Wasting no time putting new City Manager David Mitchell to work, the Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday appointed him to fill a seat on the Heights Economic Development Corporation Board.

Council members appointed seven directors to the EDC in December, including former city manager Steve Carpenter.

Due to his retirement, the council needed to fill the vacancy and said Mitchell, Carpenter’s replacement, was the logical choice. The council also voted to authorize Mitchell to negotiate, execute and deliver an economic development incentive agreement between the city and Terra Azul Developments, formerly Flintrock Custom Homes, the developer behind the up-and-coming “Enclave at Heights” subdivision.

Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson voiced his concerns regarding the housing development’s “moving parts.”

“There are still some items of concern regarding the infrastructure that they still haven’t finalized or presented to us,” he said.

Mitchell said before he enters into the 380 agreement he will have proof of financing and will ensure the infrastructure is in place.

In April, the council authorized the city manager to negotiate and sign a 380 agreement with developer Chris Doose of Austin on property between Indian Trail and Lookout Ridge behind H-E-B.

According to Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code, a 380 agreement allows municipalities to provide monies, loans, personnel and services to encourage economic development.

Pursuant to the city’s economic development program and applicable law, the city may provide economic development incentives to support the creation of new jobs or improve wage scales for existing jobs; make the city more attractive to new residents, businesses and visitors; encourage residential and commercial growth and development; expand the city’s tax base; and generally promote local economic development.

Doose will build 83 single-family, detached garden-style homes, along with business and office space geared toward local investment, instead of the town houses and loft-style apartments in his original “East Rim” plan.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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