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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:30 am

A controversial request to rezone 12.36 acres of land just west of Rein Drive is back on the Killeen City Council agenda.

The item was pulled last month after the city received an email from the developer to remove it and bring it forth at a later date. The email did not give a reason why the item was pulled.

Presiding over today’s discussion of the request will be Mayor-elect Scott Cosper, who will be sworn in along with three council members before the workshop meeting.

The request to rezone the property from an agricultural, single-family residential district to a suburban, single-family district would allow lots to be 8,400 square feet. The side yard setback would be 10 feet.

Of the 48 residents who fall within a 200-foot radius of the proposed development and were notified by the city, 13 opposed it. Because 20 percent of the notified residents oppose the issue, the request requires a three-quarters majority vote from the council to pass.

About a dozen residents attended an April meeting to speak in opposition of W.B.W. Land Investments’ rezoning request before it was pulled.

The item first appeared on the council agenda in March 2013 when the developer requested a change to the 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.

Today’s meeting takes place in the main conference room at City Hall.

Swearing in

Before the regular workshop meeting, the council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. to canvass the votes from the May 10 election.

Following the canvassing, Cosper will be sworn in as mayor and Elizabeth Blackstone, Jonathan Okray and Juan Rivera will be sworn in to at-large council positions.

The council also will elect a mayor pro tem, whose role includes acting as mayor during the mayor’s absence and filling the mayoral post if it becomes vacant before the next general election.

The meeting is in the council chambers at Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.

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