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City of Nederland Don Albanese, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Emmett Hollier, Councilmember
Sylvia Root, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

P.O. Box 967 * Nederland, Texas 77627 * 409.723.1503 * Fax 409.723.1550
 

Meeting Minutes from Monday, February 23, 2004

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

5:30 p.m. February 23, 2004
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Homer E. Nagel at the Nederland City Office Building, 1400 Boston Avenue, Nederland, Texas. See attached for quorum.

  2. PUBLIC HEARING

    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 "Apartments."

    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.

  3. RECONVENE

    There being no further questions and/or comments the Joint Public Hearing was adjourned and the special meeting was reconvened at 6:07 p.m. by Mayor Nagel.

  4. ZONING

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to deny the rezoning request 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 "Apartments." MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Radcliff. Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Nugent.

  5. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to adjourn the meeting at 6:12 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Radcliff. Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Nugent.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, February 23, 2004


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