New members of Braunfels city council will discuss on Monday a review of the ordinance that would define efficiency and studios and identify vehicle parking standards for these types of housing units.
Jean Drew, a senior planner with the city’s development planning and review department, told members of the planning committee last month that city staff had identified the need to determine a parking standard suitable for efficiency and studios which consist of a common room for living, with a separate room allowed only for the bathroom.
“Recently at various development meetings we have been approached by a number of different projects with an interest in making efficiency apartments, some are new developments and some are redevelopments,” said Drew. “We discovered during the process that New Braunfels does not have parking standards for efficiency apartments, and we also do not define this use in our ordinance.”
Drew said owners of several existing hotels have expressed interest in the possibility of converting their use of a hotel into efficient apartments, meeting both a national trend and the need for single-family housing.
The proposed ordinance would define an apartment or efficiency unit as “a living unit consisting of a single room for cooking, eating, sleeping and living, and a separate room for bathrooms and toilets, also called studio or unit ”.
The proposal would set the parking standard at 1.1 spaces per unit.
Also on the agenda, items that will govern Mayfair’s development, a 1,900-acre proposed project along Interstate 35 just north of the city limits is expected to add thousands of residential housing units and commercial and light industrial development, as well as additional parks and school spaces.
Items council members should consider include the creation of Comal County Water Improvement District No.3 and the adoption of a development agreement with the SouthStar communities of New Braunfels.
Council members will also issue a proclamation recognizing the International Year of Caves and Karst.
Also at Monday’s meeting, board members are expected to:
- Consider an amendment to an existing MoU with New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) for the payment of funds for a temporary part-time Watershed Educator position at Headwaters in Comal.
- Consider the investment report for the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
- Consider a purchase through Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, LLC for a new original fire truck built by Pierce Manufacturing for an amount not to exceed $ 725,000.
- Consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning the request to abandon a 0.366 acre portion of the right-of-way of rue Tolle, located between avenue Gilbert Sud and the terminus of rue Tolle.
- Consider the second and final reading of an ordinance establishing the number of positions in each classification within the New Braunfels Fire and Police Department, as well as an increase in the budget passed for fiscal year 2021.
- Consider second reading of an ordinance granting the right to members of the board of directors of New Braunfels Utilities to waive annual compensation and revoke that waiver and reinstate annual compensation at any time.
- Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance regarding the proposed rezoning at 46 Guada Coma Drive, from the single-family district “R-1A-6.6” to the single-family and two-family district “R-2A”.
- Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an order regarding an approximately 60.1 acre rezoning project located east of the intersection of FM 1044 and Michelson Lane, in the agricultural / pre-development district ” APD ”to lot zero“ ZH-A ”Reception area of the line.
- Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning a proposed rezoning to apply a type 2 special use permit in order to adopt a site plan and establish development standards for a center of resort located in the 700 block of North Walnut Avenue.
- Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of a revised ordinance defining functional apartments / studios and identifying parking standards for functional apartments / studios.
- Discuss and consider the possible action of a sponsorship program for the new West Branch of the New Braunfels Public Library.
- Hold a second public hearing and consider possible guidance to staff regarding the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual block grant action plan and its associated funding recommendations for the 2021 program year.
- Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance modifying the project plan and the financing plan of the reinvestment zone of reinvestment zone No. 1; consider a second amendment to the economic development agreement with AL 95 Creekside Town Center, LP
- Discuss and consider a derogation to allow another pedestrian access plan adjacent to the existing Zipp Road for the Highland Ridge Subdivision.
- Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning a rezoning project to apply a special use permit to allow the short-term rental of a single-family house in the commercial district “C-3” at 218, S. Peach Avenue.
- Discuss and consider a resolution to remove a segment of the secondary artery identified in the city traffic plan which is the future extension of County Line Road from FM 1044 to Engel Road associated with the proposed 1845 subdivision located at 1890 FM 1044 .
- Hold an appeal hearing for relief from the allocation of municipal infrastructure costs associated with the proposed 1845 subdivision located at 1890 FM 1044.
The meeting will also include time for residents to address Council on issues and areas of concern that are not on the agenda.
Monday’s council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at New Braunfels Town Hall, 550 Landa Street, and via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89332004990 .
Those wishing to join the meeting without video can call (833) 926-2300 and enter the webinar ID number, 893 3200 4990
The meeting will be televised live on the government’s Spectrum Access Channel 21, AT&T Access Channel 99 and streamed live on the city’s website, www.nbtexas.org.