By Hailey Persinger
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen City Council members are set to discuss an ordinance tonight that has some area homebuilders concerned.
The city's planning and zoning commission will propose amendments to its garden home ordinance that would require builders to set homes back five extra feet from the road, add more stone or brick to exteriors and create 1,325-square-foot minimum floor plans.
Tonight's discussion is a continuation of last week's, when Councilwoman JoAnn Purser asked planning and zoning officials why they'd presented a plan that was "punishing everyone" by setting forth detail requirements.
"Let the market dictate what the market is," she said. "I don't think it's fair to say 'this is the tree we need to plant.' I'm curious as to what we're trying to fix."
Ray Shanaa, Killeen's executive director of planning and zoning, said the goal of the proposal is to raise the quality of residences and of life within Killeen's city limits.
Purser, who owns a rental company, echoed concerns that several council members said they'd heard from
Mayor Tim Hancock said he'd received e-mails from developers concerned about the costs the ordinance would impose.
Councilman Larry Cole said more than three homebuilders contacted him with hopes that the item be postponed until they could discuss it with planning and zoning officials. Though the discussion will spill over into today's 5 p.m. workshop, Councilman Juan Rivera said that postponing a vote for further builder-city discussion is unacceptable.
According to the agenda, the council is also scheduled to discuss the "potential exchange, purchase, lease or value of real property located in the Killeen Transfer Station/Landfill area" and receive a briefing on drainage and wastewater bond projects. The 5 p.m. workshop will be in the Utility Collections building at 210 W. Avenue C.
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