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August 27, 2019 P & Z Minutes

Tuesday, Aug 13 2019
7:00 p.m.
City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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MINUTES

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

August 27, 2019

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

Acting Chair Teague called the meeting to order at 7:17PM

 

DETERMINATION OF QUORUM

 

PRESENT MEMBERS: Handschuh, Lindgren, Ramsby, Teague

PRESENT ALTERNATES: None

PRESENT COUNCIL LIAISON: Hilliard

 

ABSENT MEMBERS: Adam, Alcon

ABSENT ALTERNATES: Furrie, Stallings

ABSENT COUNCIL LIAISON: None

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF PRESENT:

Glenna Batchelor, Director of Planning and Community Development Erik Smith, Assistant Director/Planning Projects Manager

Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Director of Public Works Keith Fisher, Engineer

 

ABSENCES

Commissioner Handschuh, seconded by Commissioner Ramsby, motioned to excuse the absences of Chair Adam, Commissioner Alcon, Commissioner Furrie and Commissioner Stallings. Motion passed unanimously.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Lindgren, seconded by Commissioner Handschuh, moved to approve August 13, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission minutes. Motion passed unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND ACTION ITEMS

 

Regular Agenda Items

 

P-011-19

Application of Clay Cristy, on behalf of LGE Design Group, for a preliminary plat for Colonial Park Addition, Phase II, Lots 1-2, Block 1, being approximately 25.57 acres, locally known as 4100 Northeast Loop 820 and 5000 Anderson Boulevard, Lots 1-2, Block 2, being approximately 19.4 acres, locally known as 4300 Northeast Loop 820 and 5001 Anderson Boulevard, Lots1-2, Block 5, being approximately 17.96 acres, locally known as 4250 Northern Cross Boulevard and 4900 Anderson Boulevard and Lot 1, Block 6, being approximately, 9.92 acres, locally known as 4901 Anderson Boulevard all together combining to be approximately 72.86 acres of land situated in the Green B. Stanley Survey, Abstract No 1378, in the City of Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas.

 

Staff presented and clarified the request.

The legal notice regarding the public hearing was published in the August 10, 2019 Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Written notice of the variance request was mailed to seventy-three (73) property owners within 200' of the site on August 16, 2019. Staff received one (1) in favor or without objection, one (1) opposed, and one (1) returned to sender.

Acting Chair Teague asked the applicant to come to the podium.

Clay Cristy, 1903 Central Drive, Bedford, Texas, 76021, on behalf of LGE Design Group, reminded Commission that they had previously been approved for a planned development to build a business park. Advised that the outstanding engineering comments had been resolved this afternoon and revised plat will be submitted prior to City Council meeting date.

Binh "Ben" Pham, property owner, 455 Stonewood Boulevard, Argyle, Texas, 76226 and David Parmer, contractor, 804 Meadow Hill Road, Wylie, Texas, 75098, advised that they are proposing to construct an event center at the northwest corner of Anderson and Glenview.

Commissioner Lindgren asked about the occupancy and parking for the event center. Mr. Pham said it will seat 800-900 occupants and have 250 parking spaces.

Acting Chair Teague opened the Public Hearing (7:26PM)

Jo Garrett, 4945 Colonial Park, Haltom City, Texas, 76117, asked how LGE was going to address the drainage issues and if their existing fences would be removed or tied into the new masonry fence/wall.

Mr. Cristy said they weren't fully into the plan design for this area adjoining the residences, but they will be detaining/retaining water on the parking lot area which should help alleviate the drainage issues they are currently experiencing.

Mr. Fisher added Phase One of the project would not impact the residential neighborhood.

Ms. Garrett then said she was not aware of the event center development. What will hours of operation be, and will alcohol be served.

Mr. Pham said there would be alcohol available for the events and the hours would be no later than midnight. They also plan to have a minimum of two (2) police officers either from Haltom City or Fort Worth at the premises during events.

Mr. Phan, unknown, said his parents own and rent the house at 4940 Colonial Park. They are concerned how this development will affect their property value.

Acting Chair Teague closed the Public Hearing (7:36PM) Discussion by the Commission

ACTION BY THE COMMISSION

Commissioner Lindgren, seconded by Commissioner Ramsby, moved to approve the application of Clay Cristy, on behalf of LGE Design Group, for a preliminary plat for Colonial Park Addition, Phase II, Lots 1-2, Block 1, being approximately 25.57 acres, locally known as 4100 Northeast Loop 820 and 5000 Anderson Boulevard, Lots 1-2,

Block 2, being approximately 19.4 acres, locally known as 4300 Northeast Loop 820 and 5001 Anderson Boulevard, Lots1-2, Block 5, being approximately 17.96 acres, locally known as 4250 Northern Cross Boulevard and 4900 Anderson Boulevard and Lot 1, Block 6, being approximately, 9.92 acres, locally known as 4901 Anderson Boulevard all together combining to be approximately 72.86 acres of land situated in the Green B. Stanley Survey, Abstract No 1378, in the City of Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas with the conditions that the comments from Engineering regarding right-of-way and deceleration land at 820 frontage road are resolved before City Council meeting.

The motion passed unanimously.

 

P-014-19

Application of Stephen Barnes for a Preliminary Plat being a tract of land situated in the J. Robinson Survey, Abstract No. 1346, the J. King Survey, Abstract No. 897, the G. Stanley Survey, Abstract No. 1378, the J. N. King Survey, Abstract No. 896, and the A. Hood Survey, Abstract No. 682, Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas, being a portion of Tract 1 as described in deed to ABRES III, Ltd., recorded in D205108072, Official Public Records, Tarrant County, Texas (OPRTCT), being all of that 0.285 acre tract of land as described in deed to ABRES III, L.P., recorded in D216147833, OPRTCT, being a portion of Tract A, Block 1 of Fossil Springs, an addition to Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas as recorded in Volume 388-197, Page 55, Plat Records, Tarrant County, Texas (PRTCT), being all of that 21.822 acre tract of land as described in deed to ABRES III, Ltd., recording in D218262955, OPRTCT, being a portion of Lot 1, Block 1, First Baptist Church of Fort Worth Addition, and addition to Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas as recorded in Cabinet A, Slide 6322, PRTCT.

 

P-015-19

Application of Stephen Barnes for a Final Plat for the High Pointe Apartments, Phase 1, being 15.956 acres of land situated in the J. Robinson Survey, Abstract No. 1346, J. King Survey, Abstract No. 897, G. Stanley Survey, Abstract No. 1378, locally known as 3955 Haltom Road.

Staff presented and clarified the request.

The legal notice regarding the public hearing was published in the August 10, 2019 Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Written notice of the variance request was mailed to fifty-two (52) property owners within 200' of the site on August 16, 2019. Staff received two (2) in favor or without objection, none (0) opposed, and two (2) returned to sender.

Acting Chair Teague asked the applicant to come to the podium.

Stephen Barnes, 12720 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas, 75230, advised that the first phase will be 286 apartment units. Building timeline should be complete in twenty (20) months. There will be forty (40) acres of green space to the east of development. Rents will range from $1100 to $2000 a month. Closing on property September 24th.

Commissioner Lindgren asked if traffic would come from Haltom Road.

Mr. Barnes said there will eventually be an entrance from High Point by the church. There will ultimately be three (3) separate phases in the development, each unique designs. Mr. Barnes added they already have built the Fossil connection that was recently completed.

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuize said the area was worked with TXDOT and they were aware when this was designed this project would happen in the future.

Acting Chair Teague opened the Public Hearing (7:50PM)

Brian Harshaw, 5601 Huddleston, Haltom City, Texas, 76137, said they own White Creek Mobile Home Park. Concerns are if drainage to creek will be modified and will access be from this area to Denton Highway.

Keith Fisher, Haltom City Engineer, said there is already a FEMA approved map revision for this development.

Mr. Barnes said traffic will not be developed to the east towards Denton Highway.

Acting Chair Teague closed the Public Hearing (7:55PM) Discussion by the Commission

ACTION BY THE COMMISSION

Commissioner Handschuh, seconded by Commissioner Lindgren, moved to approve the application of Stephen Barnes for a Preliminary Plat being a tract of land situated in the J. Robinson Survey, Abstract No. 1346, the J. King Survey, Abstract No. 897, the G. Stanley Survey, Abstract No. 1378, the J. N. King Survey, Abstract No. 896, and the A. Hood Survey, Abstract No. 682, Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas, being a portion of Tract 1 as described in deed to ABRES III, Ltd., recorded in D205108072, Official Public Records, Tarrant County, Texas (OPRTCT), being all of that 0.285 acre tract of land as described in deed to ABRES III, L.P., recorded in D216147833, OPRTCT, being a portion of Tract A, Block 1 of Fossil Springs, an addition to Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas as recorded in Volume 388-197, Page 55, Plat Records, Tarrant County, Texas (PRTCT), being all of that 21.822 acre tract of land as described in deed to ABRES III, Ltd., recording in D218262955, OPRTCT, being a portion of Lot 1, Block 1, First Baptist Church of Fort Worth Addition, and addition to Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas as recorded in Cabinet A, Slide 6322, PRTCT.

The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Ramsby, seconded by Commissioner Handschuh, moved to approve the application of Stephen Barnes for a Final Plat for the High Pointe Apartments, Phase 1, being 15.956 acres of land situated in the J. Robinson Survey, Abstract No. 1346, J. King Survey, Abstract No. 897, G. Stanley Survey, Abstract No. 1378, locally known as 3955 Haltom Road.

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Z-008-19

Application of David Duong for a Zoning Change request from “M-1” Industrial District to “PD-MF-2” Planned Development – Multifamily District located on a tract of land situated in the J.A. Murrell Addition being Lots 17A, 18A, 19A, 20, 21A, 22A, 23A and 24A, being approximately 1.2769 acres on the west side of Layton Avenue, locally known as 4225 Bernice Street.

 

Staff presented and clarified the request.

The legal notice regarding the public hearing was published in the August 10, 2019 Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Written notice of the variance request was mailed to twenty-two (22) property owners within 200' of the site on August 16, 2019. Staff received none (0) in favor or without objection, none (0) opposed, and one (1) returned to sender.

Acting Chair Teague asked the applicant to come to the podium.

James Pliska, consultant, 6828 Inwood Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76182, representing David Duong, property owner. Original submittal was withdrawn and they redesigned the project. This part of Belknap area should tie in to Fort Worth and North Richland Hills redevelopment that is currently building. Apartment count was reduced from 22 to 20 units (4-one bedrooms and 16-two bedrooms). Providing a small separate office building. Increased parking ratio from 1.9 per unit to 2.65 by adding eleven (11) more spaces for a total of fifty-four (54) parking spaces. This does not include the thirty-three (33) parking spaces available at the commercial property also owned by Mr. Duong at 4228 Belknap. In 2013, Mr. Duong bought this property with an idea to develop and tie into the Envision Belknap project that was being discussed. Mr. Pliska said Gina Garcia, Engineer, revised the project based on concerns from residents at the previous public hearing in January. The street elevations do not have entry to the apartments, just exterior walls and balconies. All entrances to the apartments are configured with access from the parking lot at north side.

Mr. Pliska also informed the board Mr. Duong’s retail area is at the capacity for tenants and there is always excess parking. This could be used for the tenants of the apartment complex and they intend to have a walk gate between the two properties.

Commissioner Ramsby asked about the parking easement agreement.

Mr. Pliska said the parking is now all provided on site and not dependent on the neighboring commercial property, but still available.

Commissioner Ramsby asked about the traffic study to see if anything was required.

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuize responded that the traffic study did not warrant a stop sign at Bernice and Layton.

Acting Chair Teague opened the Public Hearing (8:16PM)

Nora Story, 1726 Layton, Haltom City, Texas, 76117, stated she was here representing her boss, Victor Trotter. She said it was nice to change the units per acre. Parking ratio is better than before. Concerned about entrance at Layton across from their businesses. Ms. Story said they would like to see fencing along Layton and Bernice. Ms. Story said they were concerned about the higher density they are requesting. They don’t want parking to be an issue or an increase in traffic. Ms. Story said there is a concern about how apartments may look great when they are first built but said they do go down in time. They are also concerned about more people walking through the neighborhood when they are driving 18-wheelers.

Mr. Pliska said they are not tying in shopping center parking with this submittal, but it is available for use. Density of MF-2 is 13 units per acre and this proposal is 16.5 units per acre.

Commissioner Teague asked Mr. Pliska what he thought about off-street parking. He said the code is friendly to residential off-street parking but not commercial off-street parking.

Commissioner Lindgren asked if pets were going to be allowed and if there was greenspacing.

Mr. Pliska said he did not know about pets, but required areas will have landscaping as shown on landscape plan.

Commissioner Lindgren asked about fencing.

Mr. Pliska said there is required fencing along north property lines, but nothing in the front yards of Bernice and Layton.

Commissioner Lindgren asked about leasing prices.

Mr. Pliska said that has not been determined at this time.

Mr. Pliska said they declined to use the shared parking mutual access as part of the development submittal. Also, stated they are downzoning the property from M-1 Industrial to Multi-Family Residential. The trend is for people to scale back and walk to places or use Uber.

Dennis Munguia, 5701 Kelly Court, Haltom City, Texas, 76137, said his parents own 4220 Bernice and the renter is concerned about how these apartments will affect his property.

Mr. Pliska said the intent of their design is to impact people as little as possible.

Mr. Muniguia asked if the only area they are discussing is where the mobile homes used to be. Ms. Batchelor said that is correct.

Donna Wilson, 5812 Chadsford Court, Watauga, Texas, 76148, stated when the City got rid of the trailer park it was a good thing. The vacant lot has not been maintained and kept in a park-like situation. It is and has been trashy. As far as drivers, she has several grandkids and they all want to drive, not contact Uber for transportation. This apartment complex is too dense and will just create the same problems they had with the mobile home park and over the next several years become in disrepair. She said she owns 1512 Layton and 4612 Bernice but only received one notice for each of the P&Z meetings. She said she felt the values of these properties would go down because of this.

Cathy Seifert, 1417 Layton, Haltom City, Texas, 76117, said she has lived on Layton for forty (40) years. The lot at 4225 Bernice has not been a park-like setting, in fact there was a tree that fell two years ago and it is still on the ground. The lot is used as a dumping ground. Nobody is going to walk in this area. There is not enough businesses to make it worth walking and if you are on Belknap, you stand the chance of being propositioned. Tenants will park on Bernice and there would not be enough room for a fire truck to pass if both sides of Bernice have parked vehicles. Ms. Seifert said she was not opposed to apartments but this is overcrowding us.

Mr. Pliska said they would not be opposed to having "no parking" signed on Bernice.

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuize said the "no parking" signs can be a detrimental to the apartment and housing occupants.

Ms. Story asked if there was a copy of the layout she could obtain for Mr. Trotter.

Mr. Pliska provided her with a copy of the site plan from his paperwork.

Jeff Rodden, 1514 Layton, Haltom City, Texas, 76117, said he has lived here for twenty-eight (28) years. He does not agree with there not being a need for the four-way stop signs at Bernice and Layton. He said he was at the January meeting and is the one that brought up this issue. Southbound Layton traffic is like a freeway in the mornings with people trying to get to Airport Freeway. Not opposed to development of the property but feels the number of vehicles and tenants will be too many for the property.

Acting Chair Teague closed the Public Hearing (9:03PM) Discussion by the Commission

Commissioner Ramsby stated she still has a concern about the parking.

Commissioner Handschuh said he feels they have done their due diligence and the City has to start somewhere with revitalization. Traffic impact will be addressed when the property is replatted.

ACTION BY THE COMMISSION

Commissioner Handschuh, seconded by Commissioner Lindgren, to approve the application of David Duong for a Zoning Change request from “M-1” Industrial District to “PD-MF-2” Planned Development – Multifamily District located on a tract of land situated in the J.A. Murrell Addition being Lots 17A, 18A, 19A, 20, 21A, 22A, 23A and 24A, being approximately 1.2769 acres on the west side of Layton Avenue, locally known as 4225 Bernice Street.

Motion passed with a vote of 2-1-0.

 

Z-009-19

Application of Ron Sturgeon for an amendment to ordinance O-2014-016-15 to amend the text of the “PD-C-2” Planned Development Commercial District to include automobile and light truck repair shop, banquet hall, catering and food trucks on Lot 1, Block 1 of the Family Furniture Addition, being 4.03 acres located north of Northeast Loop 820 Highway and east of Denton Highway, locally known as 5230 Denton Highway.

 

Staff presented and clarified the request.

The legal notice regarding the public hearing was published in the August 10, 2019 Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Written notice of the variance request was mailed to thirteen (13) property owners within 200' of the site on August 16, 2019. Staff received none (0) in favor or without objection, none (0) opposed, and none (0) returned to sender.

Acting Chair Teague asked the applicant to come to the podium.

James Pliska, consultant, 6828 Inwood Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76182, representing Ron Sturgeon, property owner and Jim Eaton, leasing representative for Ron Sturgeon, came to the podium.

Mr. Pliska said the Planned Development was amended in 2014 to include all C-2 uses along with the furniture store that was previously the only allowed use for this property.

Mr. Eaton advised that spaces 3 and 4 on the site plan would be converted to the banquet hall and catering area. The northeast portion of the building that is the "L" portion would be the automobile and light truck repair shop. Food trucks would be as needed/wanted for events from the banquet hall and catering area.

Mr. Pliska stated that they want to amend the Planned Development since the food truck use is not part of the existing matrix. He also understands that the City is looking into possible food truck uses.

Commissioner Lindgren asked about parking of the food trucks since they take up more room that a traditional vehicle and where would the patrons park.

Mr. Pliska stated that there is ample parking for the food trucks and patrons on the property.

Mr. Eaton said the food trucks would be limited to special events associated with the banquet hall only at this time. The property owner may consider a future food truck court on the land east of the parking lot, but not at this time.

Commissioner Lindgren asked about occupancy load for the banquet hall. Mr. Eaton said approximately 200 maximum.

Acting Chair Teague opened the Public Hearing (9:25PM)

No one for or against.

Acting Chair Teague closed the Public Hearing (9:25PM) Discussion by the Commission

No further discussion by the Commission.

 

ACTION BY THE COMMISSION

Commissioner Ramsby, seconded by Commissioner Handschuh, to approve the application of Ron Sturgeon for an amendment to ordinance O-2014-016-15 to amend the text of the “PD-C-2” Planned Development Commercial District to include automobile and light truck repair shop, banquet hall, catering and food trucks on Lot 1, Block 1 of the Family Furniture Addition, being 4.03 acres located north of Northeast

Loop 820 Highway and east of Denton Highway, locally known as 5230 Denton Highway.

 

The motion passed unanimously.

 

STAFF UPDATE

Ms. Batchelor advised Commission that there will be a meeting September 10, 2019.

 

ADJOURN

Acting Chair Teague adjourned the meeting at 9:30PM. Respectfully submitted,

 

Glenna Batchelor, Director Planning & Community Development

 

Suzette Teague, Acting Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission