A rezoning request for several acres in south Killeen is slated to go before the council today for a fifth time after four failed attempts since March 2013.

W.B.W. Land Investments is asking the City Council to rezone 9.892 acres west of Rein Drive from an agricultural single-family residential district to a suburban residential single-family district. The developer went before the council in May with a similar request except it wanted 12.36 acres rezoned.

After tabling the request in April, the council denied it in May with a 4-3 vote. Although four members voted in favor of the rezoning request, because 20 percent of the notified residents within a 200-foot radius of the proposed development opposed its rezoning, the request was denied.

Bruce Whitis, the developer, reduced the acreage in his request, which in turn drew in the 200-foot notification area. In Whitis’ request in May, 48 residents were notified, and 13 opposed. The city was required to notify 32 nearby residents; 12 opposed — less than the 20 percent that calls for a three-quarters majority vote.

According to city documents, if an applicant’s request fails, it cannot go back before the Planning and Zoning Commission or the council for 12 months unless a different zoning classification is requested or the area petitioned for rezoning is reduced by at least 20 percent from the original request.

A suburban residential zoning has minimum lot sizes of 8,400 square feet and minimum side-yard setbacks of 10 feet. The commission recommended approval of the request with a 5-0 vote.

The item first went before the council in March 2013 when the developer requested a change to the city’s future land-use map and the rezoning of 62.31 acres. The council denied the future land-use map portion of the request and tabled the rezoning component.

It was brought back before the council in February when the group heard the request to rezone the 62.31 acres from agriculture single-family residential to single-family residential. The council disapproved the request, saying it was inconsistent with the city’s future land-use map.

Whitis amended the request, asking to rezone 12.36 acres to suburban residential single-family district in April, but had it pulled from the agenda before the council’s vote. It was brought back before the body again in May, when it was denied.

The council’s workshop meeting starts at 5 p.m. today in the Utility Collections conference room, 210 W. Avenue C.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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This is personal opinion.
It seems like I've heard that name before, Whitis, and what is the council doing amending 'the Plan' which we've, the town, has already spent $250,000.00, but has not had an answer yet. And according to this article, the 'Big 4' was in favor of adopting this real estate mogul's request at the drop of the hat. Nice going 'Big 4'. As I've already stated, I do not believe this town should fork over a sum, such as $250,000.00 every 3,4, or 5 years 'to update the plan'. That should be a living document, covered by 'the Planning Department', and should undergo constant change and modification to keep it line with what the town has as 'the future of Killeen'. I say, 'Stop wasting money', stop the continual modifications of 'The Plan'. If it has already undergone 4 failed attempts, don't you think it is time to stop putting this before the council? It's gone from 62.31 acres to now 9.982 acres. What are they doing, paring to fit with the ascenting residents?
One of the 1 % who voted.
End of the personal opinion.

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