Council postpones hearing on apartments

The Highland Village City Council Tuesday postponed a public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending a portion of the concept plan of the District of Highland Village development which, if approved, would have paved the way for 98 apartments.

At the city’s June 23 Planning & Zoning meeting, commissioners voted to recommend denial of the application for rezoning.

On June 27, the District of Highland Village’s attorney requested a written report from the Planning & Zoning commission stating the reasons for the recommendation for denial. The Planning & Zoning commission has not had the opportunity to compile the report, city officials said. The city’s zoning ordinance entitles the applicant to the requested report before City Council considers the application. The item was postponed and future consideration of the item will be posted in accordance with state law and city ordinance, said city officials.

Also at the meeting, Council approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to contract with Tiseo Paving to construct the connector access road and drainage improvements from Barnett Boulevard to the District of Highland Village. The road was identified in the city’s Thoroughfare Master Plan as a needed connector to ease the traffic burden on Barnett Boulevard and provide an alternative to FM 407.

Council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of playground equipment for Village Park located at Village Parkway and Saddle Brook. The playground equipment is part of Phase 2 of the development of Village Park as a neighborhood park. Phase 1 included construction of a concrete trail, clearing and under brushing as needed for the trail construction, pond improvements including a lighted fishing pier, grading around the pond’s west edge, turf installation, site irritation and an aeration fountain, benches, picnic unit, signage and landscape plantings. The improvements to the park have been based on resident input from public meetings and survey results.

During the City Manager Report, Michael Leavitt informed residents of two public workshops to be held regarding the Doubletree Park Master Plan development. Our desire is to create a multifunctional, “one-of-a kind” Community Park that is environmentally responsible, sustainable for heavy use and distinctive to Highland Village’s history and image. The park will provide a variety of activities and experiences that incorporate active recreation, education, art, and community entertainment. The first meeting is a come and go public workshop to be held at the Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion on Saturday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The second workshop will be hosted by Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Robert &Lee DuVall Center.  The “come and go” format will allow citizens to review several concept master plans to confirm the plan direction and identify any key refinements.

Mr. Leavitt also invited those interested in serving on a city board or commission to submit their application to the city secretary’s office. In September each year the City Council appoints volunteers to serve two-year terms on various Boards, Commissions and Committees which act as advisory groups to Council and Staff. The deadline to submit is July 29. The volunteer application is available on the city website.

Submitted by the City of Highland Village

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