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.

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Pete

62 acres - take out roads about 50 buildable acres = 300 homes. Let's see how close my guess is. Yes, larger homes/lots on the east side, but how many? Enough to say there are some? Then the urban blight (build out = big profits)continues. Ever drive through Loma Vista on trash day? Developer made a killing selling to California people while Killeen taxpayers had to pay for more cops, water department and solid waste employees. Thanks P Developer Family.

Alvin
Alvin

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@Pharon Enochs: I think I've heard the same quotation, on a number of dates myself. But I could be imagioning all of these various quotes.
One of the few who voted.

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@Pharon Enochs: I think I've heard the same quotation, on a number of dates myself. But I could be imagioning all of these various quotes.
One of the few who voted.

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
Copy: '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. End of copy.
Is this the 'out of city boundry that will consist of 3,750 new homes or is it some additional????
Copy: '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.' End of copy.
Are these homes, 6,000 sq. ft. 'garden homes' with only a 5' side yard going to be sold to people from California???? In my opinion these people, and yesa I've categeorized 'these people' as the only ones who would be subseceptable to that style of home, but in my opinion, they would be the only ones who would be interested in a home of that caliber, I've lived there.
And Where are the jobs for these people, Walmart is not hiring????
Copy: '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.' End of copy.
Why didn't you ask our Fire Chief about these homes considering how close together they are.
Copy: '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.' End of copy.
I notice siginificent wording in that sentencem 'significent changes' and 'council be kept in the loop'. If that is all that it takes, well I wonder 'who' will be the judge of 'significent changes'????
Copy: 'Fleming was the sole vote against the request.' End of copy.
Good for Ms. Flemming. I wish there had been more people voting against this, but that is just my opinion.
Copy: 'The platting for the development was not included in the concept plan presented to the council.' End of copy.
And you did not even ask for the plat before agreeing to this???? So the council agreed to an acreage that they did not ask to see a plat, ask how many homes were in this plan, and the arrangement of the homes???? Well why not, the city council is not supposed to know about these things.
Now I have to ask, again, 'Where is the money going to come from to purchase a new street sweeper'???? I know, let's let the citizens pay for it, they have such deep pockets.
And the agreement that was approved to purchase 'used' Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, is this another 'pig in the polk' that may be more expensive than if they would have if thru thr other purchase????
All I have to say is; 'When is the election'???? I sincerely hope that this city will fall out and vote for their preference of candidates.
One of the few who voted.

Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs Wow !!!!!!! The request was approved, what a surprise. Surely this must be a misprint. Oh, I lost sight of Killeen being the city without limits . Hopefully one day there might be a few limits but not soon or so it appears to me. Have a great day. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne where ever he may be.

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