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Heights P&Z to discuss expanding Knight’s Way Overlay District No. 1

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:37 pm

HARKER HEIGHTS — Discussion on the highly debated and scrutinized Knight’s Way Overlay District No. 1 — the Knight’s Way Corridor — is scheduled to resume again at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting today.

Since the City Council approved the creation of the overlay district along Farm-to-Market 2410 in December, city staff has identified other areas adjacent to the corridor that could be added to encourage harmonious growth.

Fred Morris, director of planning and development, presented council members in February with a plan to possibly expand the corridor to include an area north of FM 2410 and south of FM 3481, Cedar Knob and Chaparral roads as well as infill areas off Verna Lee Boulevard, across from the Grove at Whitten Place, and land along Warrior’s Path.

Morris said the overlay district is intended to help the city improve the appearance and quality of development, and only nonresidential development will be impacted by the district.

“Essentially, the city is taking out an insurance policy by extending the standards to other areas,” Morris said. “Currently, we don’t have any interest by developers and all the land is zoned for single-family homes. If someone wanted to develop any of those parcels, they would need to go through a rezoning process.”

Morris said since the city’s growth opportunities are finite, extending the standards would ensure favorable developments to break ground.

P&Z will discuss extending the development standards at 6 p.m. today at the Harker Heights City Hall.

“I’ve gotten a lot of calls about this extension; all of them have been positive and in favor of it,” he said

After P&Z members make their recommendations, the expansion of the overly district will be re-examined by the council at a later date.

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