March 12, 2019 P & Z Minutes
- Tuesday, Mar 12 2019
- 7:00 p.m.
- City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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City of Haltom City
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Adam called the meeting to order at 7:30PM.
DETERMINATION OF QUORUM PRESENT MEMBERS: Adam, Chapman, Handschuh, Hilliard, Hudson PRESENT ALTERNATES: Furrie, Stallings PRESENT COUNCIL LIAISON: Watkins ABSENT MEMBERS: Teague ABSENT ALTERNATES: None ABSENT COUNCIL LIAISON: None ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF PRESENT:
Glenna Batchelor, Director of Planning and Community Development Rex Phelps, Deputy City Manager
Keith Fisher, Engineer
Erik Smith, Assistant Director/Planning Projects Manager
Commissioner Furrie, seconded by Commissioner Chapman, moved to approve absence of Commissioner Teague. Motion passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Handschuh, seconded by Commissioner Stallings, moved to approve February 26, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission minutes as written. Motion passed unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND ACTION ITEMS
Regular Agenda Items CU-002-19
Application of Andy Hickson for approval of a Conditional Use Permit for automobile and light truck repair shop in the M-1 - Industrial District located on Lots 1R being approximately 0.3188 acres, 2R being approximately 0.2766 acre. 3R being approximately 0.2860 acres, Block 1 of the Zulu Addition, locally known as 6423, 6427 and 6431 Midway Road.
Staff presented and clarified the request.
Chair Adam asked the applicant to come to the podium.
Andy Hickson, 1605 Crestwood Drive, Keller, Texas, said Truck Techs is a successful specialty diesel mechanic. Mr. Hickson said it is becoming cheaper to repair than to replace diesel trucks. 6431 Midway would allow for office/waiting area for customers, quicker repairs and would double the half million-dollar tax base.
Commissioner Chapman asked what kind of assurance property will be kept up.
Mr. Hickson said the tenants have been great. There has been an issue maintaining the landscaping. Vehicles from neighboring properties have run over the landscape and broke the irrigation system they were required to have. Two (2) years ago backflow assembly was broken. We will be putting up new landscaping in the front including bushes. Mr. Hickson said they have also recently had problems with theft.
Commissioner Hilliard asked about fence screening of PVC slats instead of black mesh. Ms. Batchelor said the ZBA Board preferred plastic inserts over the black tarp.
Commissioner Hilliard asked Mr. Hickson if he would commit to bringing the property up to what the variance previously required
Mr. Hickson said yes. The trash container will go behind a fence when they expand and the dumpster at 6427 will be removed.
Chair Adam opened the Public Hearing (7:45PM)
No one for or against
Chair Adam closed the Public Hearing (7:45 PM) Discussion by the Commission
ACTION BY THE COMMISSION
Commissioner Hilliard, seconded by Commissioner Stallings, to approve the application of Andy Hickson for approval of a Conditional Use Permit with 2014 ZBA conditions for automobile and light truck repair shop in the M-1 - Industrial District located on Lots 1R being approximately 0.3188 acres, 2R being approximately 0.2766 acre. 3R being approximately 0.2860 acres, Block 1 of the Zulu Addition, locally known as 6423, 6427 and 6431 Midway Road.
Motion to approve the Conditional Use Permit amendment passed 6-0-0 with the condition all ZBA variance issues are brought into compliance.
Application of David Sellers for a Zoning Change request from C-2 & C-3 - Commercial
District to PD - Haltom City Business Park consisting of six (6) Subdistricts being located at:
Colonial Park Addition-Haltom, Block 1, Lot 1A1 to be rezoned from C-2 – Commercial for a portion being approximately 3.97 acres to Subdistrict 1 – Commercial/Retail/Hotel and a portion being approximately 8.18 acres to Subdistrict 3 – Employment/Light Industrial, locally known as 4100 NE Loop 820.
Colonial Park Addition-Haltom, Block 1, Lot 2A to be rezoned from C-2 Commercial being approximately 13.44 acres to Subdistrict 3 – Employment/Light Industrial, locally known as 5000 Anderson Boulevard.
Colonial Park Addition-Haltom, Block 2, Lot 1 to be rezoned from C-2 Commercial being approximately 11.16 acres to Subdistrict 2 – Employment/Light Industrial, locally known as 4300 NE East Loop 820.
Colonial Park Addition-Haltom, Block 2, Lot 2A to be rezoned from C-2 – Commercial for a portion being approximately 5.8 acres to Subdistrict 2 – Employment/Light Industrial and a portion being approximately 3.08 acres to Subdistrict 6 – Office/Commercial, locally known as 5001 Anderson Boulevard.
Colonial Park Addition-Haltom, Block 6, Lot 1R1A to be rezoned from C-2 Commercial being approximately 9.93 acres to Subdistrict 5 – Office/Commercial, locally known as 4901 Anderson Boulevard.
Colonial Park Addition-Haltom, Block 5, Lot 1R1A to be rezoned from C-3 Commercial being approximately 13.82 acres to Subdistrict 4 – Employment/Light Industrial, locally known as 4250 Northern Cross Boulevard.
Staff presented and clarified the request.
Commissioner Chapman asked if this zoning would allow for high hazard storage.
Ms. Batchelor said due to the building sizes, they are all required to be sprinkled. Uses being proposed to be allowed are in the matrix in the packet.
Commissioner Hilliard asked if they could remove some of the uses from the chart. Ms. Batchelor said that is something they could discuss with the applicant.
Chair Adam asked the applicant to come to the podium.
Clay Cristy, Claymoore Engineering, Bedford Texas, and David Sellers, LGE Design Build, Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Mr. Cristy said they were excited to be here and bring an employment center to the City. We are designing this to reflect the economics of the economy. Things are changing to
employment centers. Our buildings will be able to hold headquarters, offices and distribution centers. We tried to respect the property next to the neighborhood that’s existing.
Chair Adam said many years ago companies tried to recruit call centers from the east valley.
Mr. Sellers said there is a possibility there could be a relationship. We design build and maintain projects. Mr. Sellers said he has been in business for over twenty-five (25) years and all functions are handled in-house. We have over 65 projects happening in the Phoenix market.
Commissioner Chapman said Haltom City is looking for these types of building and the façade is nice. Commissioner Chapman said his concern is with the M-1 zoning. My concern is there is a growing saturation rate in this area. There are buildings that have been vacant for several years. These buildings have a shelf life, and this will become the face of the city. The 820 corridor needs to entice the right kind of business. Can you speak to how you think we have not reached a saturation point?
Mr. Sellers said big box retailers are going away. Ecommerce sales are 13% of the sales. Those numbers will go up in the next few years. If we build a shopping center it would likely stay vacant longer. We are in this for long term. We wish there was employment and commerce zoning in Haltom City. Texas is changing online sales taxing. We want this to be a business center. We want this to be home to 1,200 employees. Construction cost will be over 70 million. We look at many lives of a building and build to accommodate those.
Commissioner Chapman said the do have vacant buildings and ecommerce buildings already.
Mr. Sellers said there is a sub 6% lease rate and the ones that are vacant have issues. That’s why we put maximum height and parking requirements. We wouldn’t risk this kind of capital if we weren’t confident.
Commissioner Hilliard asked if the exterior will be like the ones at Riverside, Meacham, NE Loop 820.
Mr. Sellers said after much discussion with Staff, there is a lot of stone accent and glass on the buildings plus attractive landscape.
Commissioner Hilliard asked what their definition of long term was.
Mr. Sellers said there are team members that have been part of this for 30 years. Mr. Sellers said it’s hard to say what the definition of long term means. They’ve developed in Gilbert, Arizona. They have offloaded some of that product but kept some of it as well.
Commissioner Hilliard said they are looking for entertainment for the citizens.
Mr. Sellers said gyms and things like rock climbing have leased space from them. Commissioner Hilliard said she did not want any auto related uses.
Mr. Sellers agreed to strike Section E in its entirety from the Matrix of Uses, Exhibit "B" of the Ordinance.
Commissioner Stallings requested striking off other uses as follows: Section B - water reservoir, water pumping station, water well
Section J - natural gas compressor stations; natural gas exploration, production and development; recycling transfer station; solid waste convenience center
Mr. Sellers agreed to the above eliminations from the Matrix of Uses, Exhibit "B" of the Ordinance.
Chair Adam opened the Public Hearing (8:19PM)
Andrew Ward, Mercantile Partners, said they have developed 5 million square feet of a similar type use. He said their property is 100% occupied. They own 50 acres to the west of the applicant. We’ve tried to work with Haltom City and have never made it this far. This is an industrial development. The industrial will lease immediately. The market for office space is not there and will take a while. Mercantile would like to follow suit with something similar in the future with retail in the front. This is the market right now. Mr. Ward said this was a good use for the property. He said the only objection they had was they wanted a berm or screening adjacent to their property as well.
Mary Hunter, 3413 Meadow Oaks, stated she thinks the influx of jobs is great for Haltom City.
Jo Garrett, 4945 Colonial Park, stated her concern about the office building behind their houses being 2-3 stories up to 35' and would much rather see single story structures.
Rex Phelps advised the Commission how much he appreciated working with the Macrae and Mercantile groups and just wanted to say thank you to both.
Chad Evans, 4829 Colonial Park, voiced his concern about water runoff to the east onto their properties. He believes retail is still a viable development even with changing trends. Thinks the City should focus their efforts on Belknap. Concerned about e- commerce truck traffic and the likelihood of having to rebuild the roads due to truck weight. He does understand that it’s good for the city to have 1200-1300 employees seeking places to live.
Andy Hickson advised he is glad to see this magnitude of development and thinks it is a great job to them to develop in Haltom City.
Clay Cristy said they had already been in discussion with Mercantile about an eight foot (8') masonry wall at the west side of Subdistrict 3 and they are open to increasing the landscape buffer. Concern about Subdistrict 3 overhead doors to the west, possible berm to screen like along Anderson Boulevard on the east side.
Chair Adam closed the Public Hearing (8:35PM) Discussion by the Commission
ACTION BY THE COMMISSION
Commissioner Hilliard, seconded by Commissioner Furrie, to approve the application of David Sellers for a Zoning Change request to include the use and design modifications from C-2 & C-3 - Commercial District to PD - Haltom City Business Park consisting of six (6) Subdistricts being located at 4100 NE Loop 820, 5000 Anderson Boulevard,
4300 NE Loop 820, 5001 Anderson Boulevard, 4901 Anderson Boulevard and 4250 Northern Cross Boulevard with the condition the requested items be removed from the use chart.
Motion to approve the Zoning Change passed 5-0-1 (Chapman abstained).
Ms. Batchelor advised there will not be a meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Chair Adam adjourned the meeting at 8:39PM. Respectfully submitted,
Glenna Batchelor, Director Planning & Community Development
Juanita Adam, Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission