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Duncan defensive on Hill Country Roadway Ordinance, Zoning and Platting

Monday, February 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

On Tuesday, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted to approve staff recommendation for three environmental variances, a conditional use permit for club/lodge use and a height bonus through the Hill Country Roadway Ordinance for the Junior League Community Impact Center. Dave Anderson with Drenner Group, PC, representing the applicant, said at the meeting that the development qualified for the height bonus because it faced the necessary “undue hardships” detailed in the HCRO. As the author of the HCRO, Commissioner Jim Duncan said that although he supported this recommendation, he would be strict about the ordinance moving forward. “I want to put everybody on notice that the (ordinance) is one of my pride and joys, and I do, as a member of ZAP, in the future plan on strongly enforcing that ordinance,” he said. Duncan made the motion to approve staff recommendation, and Commissioner Sunil Lavani seconded. Commissioner Betsy Greenberg made a friendly amendment that prohibited amplified outdoor sound as part of the club/lodge use. The motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Dustin Breithaupt was absent.

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