By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The City Council hopes to hear from the public today about a planned development that could place a dozen homes atop the hill that overlooks Market Heights.

After the comments at the 5 p.m. meeting, the council could decide whether to rezone about six acres of land from a single family dwelling district to a planned development-residential district. Rezoning would allow construction of a maximum of 12 homes ranging in size from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet on top of the hill, city documents state.

The developer is anticipating clustering the 12 homes on the upper portions of the land because of the topography, said Planning and Development director Tommy Garcia.

Placing the homes there creates a number of challenges, including water pressure, access for emergency responders and more, Garcia said.

"That is why (the city is) doing a planned development, to get some creative ideas to address the development concerns to the topography," Garcia said.

Four residents have already opposed the issue, stating that traffic would increase and that there would not be enough water pressure for the homes, according to city documents. Three others are on the record in favor of the project, because it could help to raise property values and access to their properties.

The council also will:

Consider an ordinance amending the rural one-family dwelling district in the city's code of ordinance.

Consider an ordinance for the city to approve a negotiated resolution between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos

Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division regarding the company's third rate review mechanism.

Consider a resolution of the city designating certain officials as being responsible for, acting for, and on behalf of the city in dealing with the United States Olympic Committee, certifying the city is eligible to receive grant funding for the dedicated use of the adaptive sports program.

Discuss a presentation from a resident regarding the 2410 Transfer Site, the waste site on North Amy Lane, the firing range on North Amy Lane, the Harker Heights Police Department and street cleaning on Amy Lane.

Discuss a presentation from a Nolanville resident regarding the positive experiences he has had in working with the city.

Conduct a closed meeting to deliberate regarding commercial or financial information the council received from a business prospect the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the U.S. Highway 190 corridor between Rosewood Retirement Center and The Shops at Modoc.

The council meets in the Kitty Young Council Chambers at city hall, 305 Miller's Crossing.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

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