August 5, 2019 Newsletter
Regional Mixed Use (RMU) Zoning Case Will NOT go to Council on Tuesday
The Regional Mixed Use (RMU) zoning case at 1201 E. Division Street was scheduled to have a public hearing at this Tuesday's council meeting. RMU allows up to 100 units/acre, is recommended for parcels over 20 acres [this is 7 acres], and would require NO development plan approval by the council [something the council has been burned by in the past].
The applicant, the AISD, has requested it to be heard on October 15. It has passed P&Z by a 6-3 vote in June. Dr. Nunez, now on the council, was one of those opposed. At that P&Z meeting, he stated he would vote for it if there were more assurances of what was going there. 100% pure speculation [vs. fact], I suspect they might be working on deed restrictions.First Ever RMU Zoning to Have First Reading on Tuesday, June 25
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August 5, 2019 – Volume 12 Number 29
Tuesday, August 6: City Council meetings, City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, 9:00am, 1:30pm, 6:30pm.
Wednesday, August 7: P&Z meeting, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, 5:30pm.
Wednesday, August 7: District 5 Town Hall, E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First Street, 6:00pm. Guest Speaker: Mayor Williams.
Thursday, August 8: AISD School Board meeting, AISD Administration Building, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway, 7:00pm.
Monday, August 12: District 2 Town Hall, South Police Center, 1030 S.W. Green Oaks Boulevard, 6:30pm. Guest Speaker: Mayor Williams.
Tuesday, August 13: City Council Budget Meeting, 101 W Abram St, afternoon only.
Tuesday, August 20: City Council meetings, 101 W. Abram Street, times TBA.
Wednesday, August 21: P&Z meeting, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, 5:30pm.
Tuesday, August 27: District 1 Town Hall, Lamar High School Auditorium, 1400 W Lamar, 6:00pm.
Wednesday, August 28: District 4 Town Hall, West Arlington Police Service Center, 2060 W Green Oaks Blvd, 6:00pm.
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Arlington City Council Update
The Arlington City Council is scheduled to meet this Tuesday, August 6. The first of two committee meetings starts at 9:00am. The afternoon session begins at 11:00am in executive session. The open session will start no sooner than 1:30pm. The evening meeting is at 6:30pm.
The first of two committee meetings begins at 9:00am. It will include the four new members of the council. They have two main agenda items, each to last about 30 minutes.
First up is Vision Zero, which is aimed at eliminating traffic deaths. The 25-page Vision Zero presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/403412/VZ_Presentation_to_Committee.pdf]. [Note: for 25 pages it takes a long time to load on my computer and goes from page to page very slowly??? Unimpressive…]
Second up is the Design Criteria Manual. The 19-page presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/404440/Design_Criteria_Manual_Update__08.06.19_.pdf].
The second committee meeting begins at 10:15am and is scheduled for 30 minutes, 15 minutes for each of: a) discussion of neighborhood grants program; and b) discussion of code compliance updates. The 7-page presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/405477/08-06-19_CND_Committee.pdf].
The afternoon meeting starts at 11:00am in executive session. There are six items on that agenda:
a) two lawsuit discussions (Panchani and Ramirez);
b) three real property deliberations (2100 and 2102 S. Cooper Street, conveyance of city property relative to the Viridian Development, and 5th amendment to a AT&T agreement at 1526 Sherman Street); and
c) the always popular Offer$ of Incentive$ to Bu$ine$$ Prospect$.
The open portion of the afternoon session has three work session items and seven informal staff reports.
The first work session item is the FY2020 Proposed Budget (no presentation available).
The second work session item is the FY2020 Annual Audit Plan [presentation: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/404086/Presentation_-__FY2020_Annual_Audit_Plan__1_.pdf document: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/399066/Fiscal_Year_2020_Annual_Audit_Plan.pdf].
The third work session item is the implementation plan of mandates by the recent state legislative actions. [presentation: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/402912/FINAL_8.6.19_Council_Work_Session_Implementation_plan_to_comply_with_HB_2439_and_HB_3167.pdf].
The seven informal staff reports are: a) bagged grass clippings; b) annual development profile; c) VIA rideshare update; d) $50K West Street Underpass Mural Project; e) preventive maintenance on city buildings; f) Open Meetings legislation; g) put technology to work newsletter.
43-page 2018 Annual Development profile: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/401493/AnnualDevelopmentProfile_2018.pdf].
17-page VIA Rideshare Presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/403687/Presentation_-_Via_Rideshare_Update_080619.pdf].
The proposed new rules because of open meeting changes (the biggest change is citizens can speak on 2nd readings of closed public hearing items): [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/405024/Draft_Rules_for_Public_Comment_8-1-19_updated.pdf].
The agenda for the 6:30pm evening meeting includes an executive session item, two sets of minutes, 29 consent agenda items, four public hearings, an ordinance for taxes for the Rangers, a resolution for TIRZ#1, and a consideration of calling a public hearing.
The first public hearing is now scheduled to be heard on October 15. It is the RMU zoning at 1201 E. Division Street [see the headline item of page 1 of this newsletter].
The second public hearing is for the 7100 block of Ledbetter Road to approve single family homes on a site which includes a plugged gas well. It was approved by P&Z, 6-1, after the developer did extensive soil tests. [Staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/402960/Zoning_Case_ZA19-2_Twin_Hills_SR_CC1_JPP.pdf].
The third public hearing is for an independent senior living facility at the northeast corner of Bowman Springs and I-20. There will be 200 apartment units on the 9.3-acre site. Buildings will be as tall as five stories, two stories higher than anything else in the zip code and a concern of the neighboring residential communities. [Staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/400121/PD18-16_CC1_Staff_Report.pdf].
The fourth public hearing is for a potential land swap with the AISD. AISD wishes to build a new/replacement Carter Jr. High on the property known as Helen Wessler Park and swap the land of the current Roark Elementary School. A public hearing is required since this is park land. [Staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/404797/SR-Exchange_Helen_Wessler_Park_for_Roark_Elementary_School-FINAL.pdf].
The ordinance for taxes is for the Texas Rangers. It allows for the collection of the 10% ticket tax and $3 parking tax.
The resolution for TIRZ#1 is for the $50K for the West Street Underpass Mural.
The consideration for a public hearing was for zoning case PD19-4, at 8150 S. Watson Road near Debbie Lane. It did not pass P&Z, as the motion to approve did NOT receive a second. The development plan was for 331 apartments in an area already inundated with apartments.
P&Z will meet this Wednesday, August 7. There are four public hearings on the agenda. The regular meeting is at 5:30pm. The work session starts at 4:00pm. MANY NEW APARTMENTS ARE BEING PROPOSED.
The first public hearing is PD19-7 for the proposed Mariposa Apartments on W. Harris just east of Cooper Street. This will be an independent senior living facility with 180 apartment units on 12.5 acres. All the apartments meet the UDC size requirements.
The second public hearing is PD19-8 for the proposed West Division Lofts at 3104 W. Division Street. This will be 75 apartment units on 7.3 acres. All the apartments meet the UDC size requirements.
The third public hearing is PD19-9 for the proposed Bardin Apartments at the northwest corner of Bardin Road and Matlock Road. This will be 112 apartment units on 7.35 acres. All the apartments meet the UDC size requirements.
The fourth public hearing is PD19-10 for the proposed Reserve at New York at 6011 New York Avenue just south of East Sublett Road. This will be 84 apartment and/or townhouse units on just less than six acres. All the apartments meet the UDC size requirements.
The AISD board evidently called a work session meeting last Thursday, August 1. There were two topics on the agenda. 1201 E. Division Street was discussed in executive session [the attempted rezoning public hearing to the city council has been delayed – see the headline story on page 1]. In open session, they discussed capital needs, 2020-2025.
The next scheduled AISD Board Meeting will be on this Thursday, August 8. In August, probably August 22, they will be setting the tax rate. They plan on lowering the rate seven cents from last year. That seven-cent drop was the state mandated compression. Though the opportunity exists to lower the debt service portion, they do not plan to do so because of the large increase in evaluations. Even with the tax rate decrease, my personal school tax bill will still increase by 6.28%.
Arlington Voice HyperLoop Story
[https://arlingtonvoice.com/arlington/politics/2019/08/02/hyperloop-demo-will-soar-through-arlington]. Guess: This is what spurred the mayor to show up at district town hall meetings?
West Green Oaks Water Project
The water project affecting traffic on West Green Oaks Boulevard is scheduled to be completed before the start of school.
Short-Term Rentals' Applications
The city began accepting Short-Term Rental applications this past Thursday for the very few people that actually qualify.
Fielder Road I-30 Bridge
A portion of the Fielder Road Bridge over I-30 will be closed for repair at least through August.
Our US Congressman
Ron Wright is battling [and winning] lung cancer. He is in his first term of Congress.
VIA by the Numbers
On December 11, the VIA pilot program began its second year. The City Council approved the second year of the pilot program [for $2.1 million] on December 4.
When the pilot began, the staff report stated it expected to reach I-20 within four to six months of the pilot’s initiation. That did not happen until September 20, more than nine months after the pilot began. The project has been a disaster and a major waste of taxpayers' dollars.
Even with its newly expanded area, it only covers about 30% of the city, meaning most of the taxpayers have to pay for VIA, but receive no benefit from it. All those taxpayers are paying for something that competes against the private sector Lyft and Uber services.
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