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Killeen goes back on future land-use plan

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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:30 am

The Killeen City Council came to a consensus to revert back to its original future land-use map found in its comprehensive plan rather than using the planning and zoning commissions’ proposed plan.

In 2010, the city adopted its comprehensive plan, which gives the council the ability to guide the city’s growth and steer development in a way it deems best.

The council received a future land-use map and thoroughfare plan from the planning and zoning commission in September, but they weren’t satisfied with it and went back to the drawing board to rework both plans.

In a special workshop meeting last week, the council agreed to use the original future land-use map found in the comprehensive plan as its starting point moving forward.

“I hope that planning and zoning doesn’t think that we are disrespecting all the work that they have done,” Mayor Dan Corbin said.

He said regardless of which plan the council moved forward with, city staff will work with the thoroughfare plan to identify areas where both plans intersect, which he said will likely be areas for commercial development. Based on the city’s water and sewer plan, staff will then look at areas that can easily be sewered and those that cannot, which will then be revised into the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction. The extra territorial plan identifies areas that cannot be sewered as estates, or larger tracts of land that won’t be sewered, Corbin said. The remaining area would be designated as either suburban residential or general residential.

“The big differences (in the original plan verses the planning and zoning commissions’ proposed plan) is the land area is doubled once you look at the area south of Stagecoach and west of State Highway 195,” said Tony McIlwain, city planner. “In comparison, the current future land-use map has approximately 40 percent of the area south of Chaparral (Road) designated for estate character, and the proposed (future land-use map) has approximately 14 percent.”

Ray Shanaa, director of planning, said the plans set in place a framework that encourages quality development throughout the city.

“Planning is the process of identifying issues and needs, establishing policies and goals and determining the most effective way to achieve,” he said.

Shanaa said the plans allow the city to control future development rather than “reacting to change.”

Once the council has given city staff all of its recommendations to develop a revised plan, the plans will go back to the planning and zoning commission where the public will provide input before returning to the council for final approval.

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