The Killeen City Council voted Tuesday to approve a rezoning request from WBW Land Investments, Inc., to create a 62-acre planned unit development north of Stagecoach Road.
Negotiations between WB Development, the company owned by Bruce Whitis and development arm of WBW investments, and neighbors abutting the planned subdivision have been ongoing since 2005, when the property was first rezoned by the council to agricultural residential.
A 10-acre section was then rezoned to suburban residential in 2014, according to a council memorandum.
After extensive negotiations with neighboring residents, the concept plan presented to the council at its regular meeting Tuesday offered a number of mixed-used residential zones, with larger home lots in the east end of the subdivision becoming smaller as the build-out of homes continues west.
Councilwoman Shirley Fleming was concerned with a certain lot size included in the concept plan — the 6,000-square-foot “garden homes” with 5-foot side yards.
Fleming asked whether the narrow space between lots presented a fire hazard, but Josh Welch, development manager with WB Development, said the side yard distance met National Fire Protection Association standards.
Welch said the current concept plans did not include a projected number of lots for the subdivision, but WB Development will be bound to the concept plan for the development by PUD requirements.
“For all intents and purposes, this is a suburban residential development,” Welch said.
The platting for the development was not included in the concept plan presented to the council.
Although the council no longer reviews platting decisions by the city’s planning and zoning commission, planning Director Tony McIlwain said the council would be kept in the loop if any significant changes to the development’s concept plan were proposed.
Fleming was the sole vote against the request.
A separate rezoning request from the Gary W. Purser 1999 Trust for a 113-acre planned unit development north of Chaparral Road and east of East Trimmier Road was pulled from the council agenda.
In other business, the council:
Approved the purchase of a new street sweeper to meet city requirements for sweeping capability. The council unanimously approved the $225,000 purchase.
Approved an interlocal agreement between the city and the city of Frisco for the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus units for the Killeen Fire Department. The agreement allows the city to save as much as half of the cost of the units as opposed to purchasing the units on the BuyBoard system, according to Fire Chief Brian Brank. The units will cost the city $50,000 after reimbursement from a federal grant.