The Killeen City Council is considering over a request from the Killeen Independent School District to rezone 70 acres of land for a project that would improve transporting students.

Killeen ISD is requesting the City Council rezone the property on Trimmier Road, near Charles Patterson Elementary School, from an agricultural district to a suburban residential single-family district for a satellite transportation facility.

“KISD staff has been meeting with city staff to discuss a future satellite transportation facility at this location,” Tony McIlwain, Killeen city planner, said.

“This is the first step in making that a reality.”

McIlwain said while discussions with the Killeen school district have only been about the transportation facility, city staff is recommending the council rezone the entire 70 acres to accommodate future growth the school district is anticipating on the site.

Earlier this year, Killeen ISD officials said it’s believed the facility will improve efficiency in transporting students to and from school.

The facility has a tentative price tag of $3.8 million and is expected to be completed sometime in 2015. According to city documents presented to the council, access to the property would be from Trimmier Road, which city staff projects will cause a moderate increase in traffic as a result of the rezoning.

The property is currently vacant and undeveloped. The Killeen ISD-owned property has been zoned as an agricultural district since it was annexed in March 2004.

The council will vote on the rezoning at its next regular meeting.

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

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