The special meeting was recessed and a Joint Public Hearing with the Planning and Zoning
Commission was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Mayor Nagel for the purpose of receiving questions
and/or comments regarding the rezoning of the property located at 504 South 28th Street,
described as Lot 33, Block 1, Hillcrest 2nd Addition, from R-2 "Multi-Family" to R-3
Andre Wimer, City Manager, explained that Kirk Gillespie, 803 Hunter Ridge, applied to have the
above described property rezoned in order to be able to develop it. The Planning and Zoning
Commission recommended to the Council that the request be approved. The purpose of the Joint Public
Hearing is to allow citizen input regarding the rezoning request.
Kirk Gillespie, 803 Hunter Ridge, stated that he is currently in the process of selling the
property and the new owner wants to build duplexes, but under the City's current ordinance there is
a minimum footage standard for abutting street rights-of-way and the entrance to this property is
not wide enough to accommodate this requirement. He further explained that the reason he has
requested the rezoning is to be able to construct a private drive, which is only allowed in R-3. Mr.
Gillespie added that he first tried to apply for a variance, but was told this would not be possible
under the City's current policy.
Don Harper, 508 South 27th Street, addressed the Council to voice his opposition in the
rezoning request. He feels that if the rezoning is approved the property should have another
entrance/exit other than on Avenue D.
James Collins, 520 South 27th Street, also stated that he was opposed to the rezoning
request. He was concerned that the private drive would create a problem for emergency vehicles to
respond to fires, which could potentially present a problem for his property.
James Stansbury, 2816 Avenue D, was also opposed to the rezoning.
C. J. Schexnaider, Planning and Zoning Commission, stated that if the property is not rezoned it
will be virtually impossible to develop under the City's current ordinance.