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Heights OKs rezoning of lots for townhomes

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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — The City Council on Tuesday approved rezoning several lots in Wildewood Acres to make way for construction of townhouses in a South Harker Heights neighborhood.

Four of the lots located on Pinewood Drive were rezoned in July from a one-family manufactured home dwelling district to a two-family dwelling district. But confusion about the developer’s plans brought the lots back for rezoning again Tuesday, according to Heights Planning and Development Director Fred Morris.

“I guess there wasn’t a clear understanding of what (the developer’s) overall intent was,” Morris said. “He intended to build these units as townhouses where they can be individually sold, so we took him to R-2 which would allow two-family construction but not the division of the units for individually owned property. That’s the nature of this request.”

The council rezoned the Pinewood Drive lots from a two-family dwelling district to a townhouse single-family dwelling district.

Three lots owned by the city on Ashwood Drive were also rezoned to a townhouse single-family dwelling district, at the request of a developer who proposed to bring the vacant property back into productive use. The rezoning allows the city to enter into a 380 agreement with the developer for economic development purposes, Morris said.

A 380 agreement references Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code, which authorizes municipalities to provide assistance for economic development.

“In order for this to happen, there also will have to be a 380 agreement put together that will dictate basically what they will have to build and what the standards are … and that still has to come back to the City Council,” City Manager Steve Carpenter said.

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