By Lauren Cabral

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - The City Council had a lengthy zoning debate during its Tuesday meeting after a resident requested a portion of the Crest View Heights subdivision be rezoned from residential to local business.

Mickey Deck, owner of Cove Driving School, told the council he'd like 1005 Phil Ave. to be reclassified from two-family residential to local business so he could set up a driving school at the property he owns there.

Deck said his parents live in the neighborhood, so he has a vested interest, and he would only instruct four to six students at one time.

To rezone the property, the council would have to amend the Future Land Use Plan, which says the area should remain low-density residential, according to city planner Joseph Pace and Chris Stewart of Espy Consultants. City staff recommended not amending the plan, but noted the city's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the amendment be made and the lot rezoned.

The council debated the amendment and rezoning for about 30 minutes. Some parts of the area had already been rezoned to accommodate businesses.

In the end, the council approved the amendment 5-1, with Councilman Charlie Youngs opposing, making the area north of Phil Avenue, east of Laura Street and west of Margaret Lee Street retail/commercial instead of low-density residential.

The council unanimously approved rezoning the block to local business.

Before the meeting, a workshop was held to discuss updates of the Copperas Cove Business Park area development.

Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Polo Enriquez said the CCEDC Business and Technology Park, which is aimed to be located across from Constitution Court on Constitution Drive, should include businesses concerned with renewable energy production, construction material, medical devices and light manufacturing, as well as distribution and logistics.

Enriquez said the project would likely be in the works for two or three years.

He also pointed out the Shops of Five Hills is making progress, and clarified the retail development would span 1.1 million square feet, which 34 Copperas Cove Bulldawg Football stadiums could fit into.

"It's a large one, and it'll be regional in nature," Enriquez said.

Consititution Court should be pre-leasing soon, Enriquez said, and streetlights will soon be installed along Constitution Drive.

Other action taken by the council included:

Robert McKinnon, Public Works division head, received retirement recognition. He served in his position from April 1983 to April 2011.

The Copperas Cove Junior High School cheerleaders, along with Monica Hull, Silvia and Brian Rhoads, received certificates of appreciation for assistance in the production of the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership video to promote regional recycling.

The city budget for fiscal year 2010-11 was amended to redistribute $14,936 and add $115,199 in expenditures, which will come from the fund balance.

Gardner was authorized to execute a contract with Bell Air Conditioning of Belton to upgrade and install 16 energy-efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning units in city facilities.

The council awarded bids for fire and rescue equipment for the Copperas Cove Fire Department to Casco Industries and Wilson Fire Equipment for a total of $100,284.60.

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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