May 18, 2020 Newsletter
Commercial to Multi-Family Zoning Changes to be Discussed at the Afternoon Session
At the work session Tuesday, May 5 some members of the council were beginning to question the “logic” of taking precious commercially zoned properties and converting to multi-family.
It has an agenda item and presentation to be discussed at this Tuesday's afternoon session.
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May 18, 2020 – Volume 13 Number 20
Tuesday, May 19: City Council meetings. 10:00am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm.
10:00am committee meeting access by calling (833)268-8354; conference id – 672-910-671#
11:15am environmental task force meeting access by calling (833)268-8354; conference id – 369-508-400#
2:30pm afternoon session can be viewed on the city website
6:30pm evening meeting can be viewed on the city website, register to speak on items at (833)268-8354; Conference ID – 247-284-155#
Wednesday, May 20: P&Z meeting, 5:30pm. (The 3:15pm work session can be viewed on the city website)
5:30pm meeting can be viewed on the city website, register to speak on items at (817)459-6652 or (817)459-6667
Thursday, May 21: AISD Board meeting, 4:00pm. (must be registered to speak by 3:00pm)
Monday, May 25: Memorial Day Holiday.
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Arlington City Council Update
The council will meet this coming Tuesday, May 19 for a full set of meetings. There is one committee meeting. The Environmental Task Force did meet last Tuesday and will meet again this coming Tuesday. The afternoon session begins in executive session at 2:30pm. The open portion also starts no sooner than the same time--2:30pm. The evening meeting is at 6:30pm.
That Environmental Task Force meeting heard a lot of talk of education of the public (no dumping, no yard clippings in storm drains, the whole recycling issue).
The recycling issue had a recent “audit” which revealed almost 50% contamination, considerably higher than in the past. [With rule changes by China and the contaminate percentage, recycling just does not justify the cost.]
Apartment Queen Capehart pushed to bring back an old color-coded recycling system for old apartments [new apartments are now required to have recycling].
The committee meeting begins at 10:00am and is scheduled for sixty minutes. They are expected to cover CARES funding from the county for 45 minutes, and emergency housing assistance for 15 minutes. [Access by calling (833)268-8354; conference id – 672-910-671#].
The Environmental Task Force will meet this coming Tuesday for 60 minutes at 11:15am. They are expected to discuss: a) focus area (15 minutes); b) tree preservation and migration (30 minutes); and c) review of webpage (15 minutes). [Access by calling (833)268-8354; conference id – 369-508-400#].
The afternoon session begins in executive session at 2:30pm. The only executive session item is offer$ of incentive$ to bu$ine$$ pro$pect$.
The business deal must not be complicated, as the open portion is also to start no sooner than 2:30pm. The afternoon agenda includes three work session items and one informal staff report.
The first work session item is a land use analysis. [The presentation: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/595546/Land_Use_Analysis_05152020_FINAL.pdf]. This could be interesting. This is a result of the constant taking of commercial property and converting it to multi-family [to make it like 1980s North Arlington] in Southeast Arlington.
The second work session item is a presentation on proposed changes to the UDC regarding minimum parking and square footage requirements. [The presentation: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/593636/CC_05.19.20_Work_Session_UDC_Amendments.pdf].
The third work session item is further considerations regarding the budget issues caused by COVID-19.
The informal staff report deals with a quarterly mobility newsletter. The lead story is a federal grant for VIA that is planned to be used to provide free rides for UTA students which we reported on several weeks ago. [The enhanced regional mobility newsletter: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/590259/Enhance_Regional_Mobility_FY2020Q3_Newsletter.pdf].
The 6:30pm evening meeting has six sets of minutes, 14 consent agenda items, and another COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. There was nothing that seemed really exciting.
Upcoming Public Hearings
On Tuesday, May 5 there was a city council public hearing on a planned development (PD) including MF-22 (380 units) and community commercial zoning for 39 acres at 8224 Webb Ferrell Road (north of Debbie Lane). It was continued until June 23.
P&Z on Wednesday, May 6, held a public hearing for PD-MF12 (planned development - multi-family) for town homes at 6300 & 6301 S. Collins Street (PD19-21). The P&Z was not impressed, and the public hearing was continued. It will go to P&Z again on June 3 and to the city council on June 23.
At the May 6 P&Z meeting they also approved PD-LI (planned development - light industrial) at 211 Osler Drive (PD20-9). This is scheduled to go to the city council on Tuesday, June 9.
P&Z passed modifications to change parking requirements and square footage requirements for multi-family two-bedrooms in the Unified Development Code (UDC). The city council has established this as a work session item for this Tuesday’s meeting. Evidently there will be no public hearing, but the first reading will be June 9.
There will be two zoning cases to be heard by P&Z on May 20 and by the city council on June 23. The first is for more townhomes at Sublett Road near Matlock Road. The applicant has asked for a continuance to June 3. The second public hearing is for a car wash at 4442 & 4462 on S. Collins Street.
On Thursday, June 4, 6:00 p.m., TxDOT will host a virtual public hearing meeting on the I-820, I-20, Hwy 287 project (also known as the Southeast Connector Project). The public can watch the virtual meeting at www.txdot.gov and use keywords “Southeast Connector”. Public comment will be received from the start of the meeting through 5:00 p.m. on June 22.
P&Z met Wednesday, May 6. The agenda included a public hearing that was continued. It was for multi-family (180 townhomes) that was designed by the mayor's company. Those public hearings have been set for June 3 for P&Z and June 23 for the city council.
The P&Z will meet this coming Wednesday, May 20. There are two public hearings.
The applicant has asked for a CONTINUANCE on the first public hearing, PD20-1, which is taking commercially zoned land to make RM-12 townhomes on Sublett Road near Matlock.
The second public hearing is for a car wash at 4442 & 4462 on S. Collins Street. [The staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/595422/FINAL_PD20-3_SR0_Staff_Report.pdf].
The next board meeting is scheduled to be Thursday, May 21. The format since they have gone to these teleconference meetings allows for the open portion to be held at 4:00pm, but you must be registered by e-mail by 3:00pm if you wish to speak on an agenda item.
May 2 Election
The May 2 Elections have been postponed. Our Election Information will be put on hold until closer to election time.
VIA by the Numbers
On December 11, 2019, the VIA pilot program began its third year.
The program is heavily subsidized by the Arlington taxpayer (53%) while the riders only cover about 16% of the costs. [percentages based on the last contract, December 3, 2019. Staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/481268/Staff_Report_-___MF__RK__-_FINAL.pdf].
VIA's August 2019 Service Update to the city council shows that over 1/3 (37%) of the survey participants thought their experience was POOR or NEEDS IMPROVEMENT!!! [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/403687/Presentation_-_Via_Rideshare_Update_080619.pdf#page=11].
Some Libraries to Open Today
Most libraries open today with limited capacity and hours. [https://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/library_reopening_may_2020].
Hugh Smith Pool to Open Today
The pool opens today with limited capacity and hours. [https://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/indoor_pool_reopening_may_18].
Southeast Connector Project
TxDOT will conduct a virtual public hearing on Thursday, June 4. See the Public Hearing Section of this newsletter for more details.
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