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Heights council approves adding home to property

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a zoning change and conditional-use permit for a home on a 5.9-acre property on Comanche Gap Road.

The property owner, Tom Wilson, plans to move into the future 2,500-square-foot home, and his mother-in-law will move into the main house on the property, said Fred Morris, director of planning and development.

“This is getting really popular these days,” Morris said. “Kids are moving in with parents and parents are moving back with kids. You’re seeing that nuclear family come back together.”

The council rezoned the property in the 2800 block of Comanche Gap Road from an R-1, one-family dwelling district, to an R1-R, rural one-family dwelling district.

“They need the R1-R to build the size of building they want on the property,” Morris said.

Officials sent out 11 notices to owners of surrounding properties, none of whom responded for or against the changes, documents stated.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the council approve the zoning change and conditional-use permit.

The property currently houses a residence, detached garage, another stand-alone building, a windmill and a cellphone tower, documents stated. The new building will sit outside a wire fence on the property and adjacent to the detached garage.

Requirements for the new structure include following the site plan, using a style similar to the main residence and meeting height regulations.

“Does the cellphone tower there meet height restrictions?” Councilman Rob Robinson said.

“I think the Federal Communications Commission has some standards that gives them a little extra height. … It’s a different set of rules,” Morris said.

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