Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Week of January 17th - 21st, 2022 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
    For those who normally catch my blog post on either "Waxahachie Talk" or "Waxahachie Buzz" Facebook groups, I will no longer be posting my newsletter on those sites.  Unfortunately, either Facebook or others (not sure which), have reported it as spam.  I have tried to alter the way that I post it, but it still comes up that way.  I will still share on my personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/molson625  and on Nextdoor so that it is easily accessible to residents.  I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience!
 
    Please note: City offices will be closed Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For non-emergency needs during this time, please call the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. For emergencies, please dial 911.  For this reason, our regular Council briefing and meeting will be held Tuesday, January 18th.  There are no other meetings scheduled for next week at this time, although you can always check back on the city's calendar at https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php to see if any new ones are added.

    For those interested in serving the community by being on the City Council, packets to run can be obtained from the City Secretary's office at City Hall.  The first day to file your application to run for Council will be on 1/19/22 and the last day will be 2/18/22 (between the hours of 8 AM - 5 PM).  If you have any questions about it, you can contact the City Secretary or I would be glad to help as well.
 
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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6:30 PM - City Council Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.

 
This session is to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular meeting.  Residents are welcome to come and listen to the discussion between Council and staff regarding the items on the 7:00 PM agenda. The briefing session is not live-streamed at this time.
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7:00 PM - City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.

 
This is a fairly short agenda, but there are a couple of items I'd like to point out:
 
7: Present proclamation proclaiming January 17 - 21, 2022 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week
 
8: Hear presentation on "Shop with a Cop"
 
11 - 13: Continue Public Hearing on request by Terrance Jobe, for a zoning change located west of 2374 W Hwy 287 Bypass.  This is the continuation of the case for the proposed development called Montclair Heights.  At the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting held January 11, 2022, the Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval for this case, subject to staff comments.  Staff is also recommending approval per comments.

14 - 16: Continue Public Hearing on request by Yomi and Siyanade Fayiga for zoning change located at Broadhead Road (next to Howard JH).  At the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on January 11, 2022, the Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of zoning change subject to all staff comments.  Staff are recommending approval per comments.  

18 & 19: Convene into Executive Session for deliberation regarding real property and to discuss personnel matters for Municipal Court Judge/ Associate Judge and then to reconvene and take any necessary action.

Residents are invited to attend the meeting in person, but it will also be live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
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That's about it for this week!  I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend and a wonderful week ahead!  Stay warm!
 
Your Friendly Councilmember,
 
Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     

Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Week of January 10th - 14th, 2022 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
    There aren't a lot of meetings going on this week, but there are a few pretty important announcements.  Not all of these are posted on the city's website, but if you are on Facebook, they are posted there.  The city's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/CityOfWaxahachie if you'd like to follow them for announcements.
 
There is a major traffic change due to the building of the new City Hall Annex in that a portion of Rogers St. (basically in front of City Hall, from Madison to the railroad tracks) will be closed off beginning Monday, January 10th - April (ish).  Please use alternate routes during this time.  

Also, for anyone interested in running for City Council, application packets can be picked up from the City Secretary's office at City Hall.  Applications will be accepted from January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022.  Place 1 (David Hill), Place 2 (Mayor Doug Barnes), and Place 3 (myself) will be up for re-election.  My place will be vacant since I am not running again, although I believe there is someone prepared to run for Place 3 at this time.  Once applications are actually filed, we will know for sure who is/isn't running for which place.  The formal notice of deadline to file an application for place on the ballot is here: https://www.waxahachie.com/Notice%20of%20Deadline%20to%20File%20App%20For%20Place%20on%20Ballot_202112061704313014.pdf
 
Please refer back to the city's calendar to see if any new meetings have been added after this goes out.  Especially with meetings being cut back due to COVID concerns at City Hall, I do not expect this to happen, but you never know.  That link is: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
 
 
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Tuesday, January 11, 2022
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6:30 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
This briefing is being held to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular P&Z meeting.  Residents are welcome to attend to hear the discussion between staff and the commission regarding the cases they will hear at 7 PM.  The briefing session is not live-streamed at this time.
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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
4 - Public Comments:  I want to make sure that residents know that they have the ability to address the commission during this time on any item, whether it is on the agenda or not.  I highly encourage folks who are speaking on an agenda item, however, to wait until that item is before the commission so that they have heard the details of that particular case and can actually respond to the comments.  During the public comments portion of the meeting, the commission may not comment or deliberate such statements, except as authorized by Section 551.042, Texas Government Code.  In other words, the commission is generally just listening during this time, but it's important to know that if you do have issues, that they can be brought forth during Public Comments.
 
5 & 6: Continue Public Hearing - on a request by Terrance Jobe, Alluvium Development, Inc., for a ZONING CHANGE from General Retail and Future Development to a Planned Development Mixed-Use Residential located West of 2374 W. Highway 287 Bypass.  The applicant is requesting approval of a PD (planned development) of single family homes, cottage style homes, retail/office, and park/open space on 188.46 acres. * The proposed zoning change is contingent upon Council approving the proposed annexation case (ANX-DNX-200-2021) for this property, which they are schedule to take action on on January 18, 2022.  To alleviate traffic congestion on US Hwy 287, the developer will coordinate with the city and TXDoT for the design and installation of a traffic signal at Southern entrance to Montclair Heights (name of the proposed subdivision) and it will be at developer's expense.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.

7 & 8: Continue Public Hearing - on a request for a ZONING CHANGE from Future Development to Planned Development - General Retail, located along Broadhead Road, East of Howard Jr. High School.  They have revised their initial submission from 2 story townhomes to 3 story townhomes along the western and eastern boundaries of the property.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.

Those are the only two cases that will be before the commission Tuesday evening.  Residents are welcome to attend the meeting in person; however, you may also watch a live stream of the meeting at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
 
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That's all for this upcoming week!  I hope that y'all have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!
 
Your Friendly Councilmember,
 
Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com 

 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Week of January 3rd - 7th, 2022 in the City of Waxahachie



EDIT ON 1/4/22:  DUE TO COVID CONCERNS, ALL CITY MEETINGS ON THURSDAY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. 





Hello Friends!
 
    2022 is here!  I hope that you all have a fantastic year full of good health, good times and many blessings! The city has multiple meetings this week so let's get started.  Please feel free to refer back to the city's calendar on their website to see if any new meetings have been added.  That link is: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php

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Monday, January 3, 2022
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6:00 PM - City Council Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
Residents are welcome to attend this briefing session in which the Council and staff will go over items for the 7:00 PM regular meeting.  If residents would like to address the Council, please do that during the public comments section of the 7:00 PM regular meeting (unless you are present to speak on a P&Z item, please address Council during the public hearing of that particular agenda item during the 7:00 PM regular meeting.)  The briefing session is not live-streamed at this time.
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7:00 PM - Waxahachie City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
We have several continuations of P&Z cases for Monday night; however, there are some other items I'd like to point out:
 
12 & 13 -  Continue the Public Hearing on a request by Jonathan Cruz, HGO Tire Shop, for a zoning change from future development to planned development to allow an outside storage use located at 211 E. Sterrett Road.  P&Z voted to deny the case at the 11/9/21 P&Z meeting.  At the 12/6/21 Council meeting, we voted to continue the case to Monday's meeting to allow them time to get with the TCEQ to find out how to properly dispose of old tires and to do some clean up on the property.  They have cleaned up the site and there are several letters of support for this zoning; however, staff still is recommending denial of the case citing among other things, that "it will set a regretful precedent for future applicants who would also request a similar use of the property" if Council approves it.  Because P&Z already denied the case, it will take a 4/5ths majority to approve it.  The applicant has done what has been asked and have brought the site into compliance so that it does not seem to be a safety issue anymore.  They have moved their excess tires away from their storefront on N. Hwy 77 to this Sterrett location, which I would think the city would be happy about, leaving their Hwy. 77 store front more aesthetically pleasing.  We will have to see how things go during the public hearing, but I'd sure hate for undo hardship to be thrust upon this small business, especially when they have been so responsive to doing the things the city has requested.

16 - 17: Continue the Public Hearing on a request by Chip Boyd, JHDMC, LLC for a zoning change from SF1 (our largest residential lot size zoning) to a planned development - SF 3 (our smallest residential lot size zoning).  This proposed development would have 458 dwelling units over 153.7 acres located at 823 Ovilla Road.  P&Z voted down this development at the 12/28/21 P&Z meeting; however, they were willing to continue the case, but the applicant refused a continuance and pressed for a decision that night.  Now, because of that P&Z denial, City Council must have 4/5ths approval in order to approve this subdivision.  Staff is once again (as they were at the P&Z meeting) recommending approval per comments.  I have issues with this development as it seems they are just shoving as much as they can into the area - which already has traffic concerns - and even more troubling to me is all the concessions they want the city to make.  Not only are they not even meeting our SF-3 standards, but they are requesting the city to take 9.28 acres of their open space (which would most likely fall on taxpayers to support) instead of paying the cash-in-lieu fee of $400/lot; and if the city does not accept the land, they want the city to waive the fees altogether.  There are other fees they are requesting relief from as well.  Waxahachie is a very special place and I think it is important that the builders and developers who come here add to the city, not take, take, take.  I will be interested to see what is presented at the meeting and what our residents have to say about this development before rendering a final verdict, but those are my thoughts on this matter currently.

19 - Consider proposed resolution to enter into a contract with First Financial Bank to serve as the city's primary depository.  There are more details in the agenda packet (linked above), but it's not every day that a city changes banks, so I thought this was an item residents would be interested in.

The Council meeting is welcome to all citizens to attend in person, but is also live-streamed for your convenience.  The link to view that live-stream is: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
 
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Thursday, January 6, 2022
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8:30 AM - Cemetery Board Regular Meeting
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
4 - Discuss cemetery activities
 
5 - Discuss damaged grave marker remains
 
This meeting is open to the public, should you wish to attend.  It is not, however, live-streamed at this time.
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3:00 PM - Park Board Regular Meeting
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
4 - Discuss park events and activities
 
5 - Hear update on park projects
 
6 - Discuss Lions Park Master Plan
 
7 - Discuss lake parks projects  
 
This meeting is open to all residents, should you wish to attend, but is not live-streamed at this time.
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4:30 PM - Keep Waxahachie Beautiful Committee Regular Meeting
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.

 
**  For those interested in litter cleanups, this is the meeting you'd want to attend!  We always need folks to volunteer to help keep our town beautiful! **
 
2 - Public Comments:  I don't normally list this item on agendas, but all meetings (not briefings) have this section.  For those who are particularly interested in volunteering, this would be a great time to connect with the board and park staff and make any suggestions about areas that need cleaning up or any other ideas you might have.
 
4 - Discuss Keep Waxahachie Beautiful events and activities
 
5 - Discuss and consider a process of assigning tasks to committee members 
 
6 - Discuss and consider PIN Award (Pride In Neighborhood) - Those folks who have really gone above and beyond getting their yards looking great.
 
This meeting is open to the public and residents are highly encouraged to attend, when possible.  The KWB meetings are not currently live-streamed.
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Alright my friends, bundle up, and stay warm!  You know how Texas is...  
 
 
 

I hope that everyone has a great rest to your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!!!

Your Friendly Council Member,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

The Week of December 27th - 31st, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

 Hello Friends!

    I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  This will be the last newsletter of 2021. All we have scheduled for the upcoming week is P&Z.  As always, please refer back to the city's calendar to see if any more have been added after this goes out.  You can do that at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
    As a reminder, city offices will be closed on Monday, December 27, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Residential trash services will not be affected with Christmas being on a Saturday. For non-emergency needs during this time, please call the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. For emergencies, please dial 911.
 
Let's get started!
 
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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
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6:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.

 
This briefing is being held to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular P&Z meeting.  It is a public meeting and residents are welcome to attend; however, public comments will only be taken during the 7:00 PM meeting.  The briefing session is not live-streamed at this time.
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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
A couple of cases worth noting:
 
7&8: Public Hearing on a request for a zoning change from Single Family 1 (SF1) to Planned Development Multi-Family 2 located south of FM 813 and East of Brown Street:  This case has been WITHDRAWN.  That means that the commission will not hear anything about this case, nor render a decision on this case and they do not even have any details about this case to answer questions about it.  IF the developer decides to pursue this case in the future, I believe that new notices will be sent out at that time.
 
18 & 19: Continue Public Hearing on a request by Chip Boyd, JHDMC, LLC, for a zoning change from Single Family 1 to Planned Development Single Family 3 located at 823 Ovilla Road. The applicant is requesting approval of a planned development to allow single family homes, townhomes and park/open space on 153.7 acres.  NOTE: The proposed zoning change is contingent upon City Council approving the proposed annexation case (ANX-DNX-178-2021) for this property.  Council is scheduled to take action on the item on January 3, 2022.  The maximum gross density is calculated at 3.0 dwelling units per acre (when including green spaces/parks, it looks like).  Staff is recommending approval per comments.
 
20 & 21: Continue Public Hearing on a request by Terrance Jobe, Alluvium Development, Inc. for a zoning change from a general retail and future development zoning district to a planned development mixed-use residential located West of 2374 W Highway 287 Bypass.  The applicant is requesting approval of a planned development (PD) to allow single family homes, cottage style homes, retail/office and park/open space on 188.46 acres.  NOTE: The proposed zoning change is contingent upon Council approving the proposed annexation case (ANX-DNX-200-2021) for this property.  Council is scheduled to take action on the item on January 3, 2022.  To alleviate traffic congestion on 287, developer will coordinate with the City of Waxahachie and TXDoT for the design and installation of a traffic signal at southern entrance to Montclair Heights as well as fully funding the same.  In addition, developer will cooperate fully with the adjacent property owner to the East to connect the proposed thoroughfare and provide enhanced access to FM 664/ Ovilla Road.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.
 
Please refer to the agenda packet, linked above, for the full details of each case I've presented, as well as the details on every case on the agenda.  This is a public meeting and is open to residents to attend, but is live-streamed as well at the following link:  https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
 
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That's all for this week!  Have a safe and happy New Year's!
 
Your Friendly Councilmember,
 
Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 19, 2021

The Week of December 20th - 24th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
    First of all, I want to take a minute and wish you all a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  (We have a pug-bulldog mix, hence the pug t-shirts. lol)

    There aren't a lot of meetings on the city calendar for this week, but the ones we do have are going to be pretty important.  You can refer back to the city's calendar to see if any meetings are added after this newsletter goes out (but I really don't expect that to happen).  https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php

    So let's dive in!


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Monday, December 20, 2021
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6:00 PM - City Council Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


We have a pretty lengthy meeting agenda, so this briefing will start at 6:00 PM.  Residents are welcome to attend this briefing where items for the 7:00 PM regular meeting are discussed amongst staff and Council.  (While residents are welcome to attend this briefing session, and I highly encourage it, they are not able to address Council during this time period.  Residents can, however, address Council during the Public Comments section or Public Hearing sections of the 7:00 PM Regular Meeting).  The briefing session is generally highly informational, but is not live-streamed at this time.
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7:00 PM - City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


The Consent Agenda has multiple items on it, but I would like to point out one of those.  Item 5 L - Set City Council meeting of Tuesday, January 18, 2022:  Please note on your calendars that due to Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 17, 2022, we will not have our regularly-scheduled Council meeting that evening.  In this week's consent agenda, we will be voting to approve rescheduling that meeting date to Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

** If you are following any P&Z cases, we have several that have been continued to the January 3, 2022 City Council meeting, so we will not hear or take action on the following zoning cases at the 12/20/21 meeting:
 
6 & 7: ANX-DNX-178-2021
8 & 9: ZDC-162-2021: Located off 823 Ovilla Road
10 & 11: ANX-DNX-200-2021
12 & 13: ZDC-188-2021: Located West of 2374 W Highway 287 Bypass
14 & 15: ZDC-146-2021: Located along Broadhead Rd, adjacent to Howard Jr. High
 
21 - 23: Continue Public Hearing: regarding the proposed Starbucks located 1,500 feet South of Butcher Rd and East of Hwy 77.  P&Z recommended approval of this project 7-0, using the 3rd elevation option and staff recommends approval per comments as well.

24 - 25: Public Hearing: regarding an indoor firearms training and shooting facility, located at the NW quadrant of Butcher Rd. and West of I-35S.  P&Z approved this project by a vote of 7-0 and staff recommends approval per comments as well.

26 - 28: Public Hearing: regarding a request for a Car Wash located South of North Grove Blvd. and East of Hwy. 77.  P&Z was split on this vote, with 4 commissioners voting for denial and 3 against that. Staff is recommending denial for the proposed development, mostly based upon the belief that a proposed car wash is not the highest and best use for the property based on surrounding uses.  Staff believes that the use of retail or a dine-in restaurant would be the best use of the property.  Multiple objections to the proposed project, the Crape Myrtle Express Car Wash, cite that there are too many car washes in close proximity to the location for this to be a good use of the site. There are a couple of items to keep in mind.  One, whenever a business decides on a site for development, they put in a lot of research to make sure that it will be a good investment.  Second, for this particular project, the owners are local and incurring additional expenses to make this the "biggest and best" around because it is their hometown.  Am I a fan of car washes?  No, not really, but this could actually be a good project for our town and the property owner should have the right to develop their property.  We (Council) will have to make a decision Monday.  I am undecided at this point.

** 29 - 31: Continue Public Hearing: regarding a request by Michael C Jackson for an Industrial Complex located on 341 acres, just West of Solon Rd. and East of Patrick Rd.  P&Z voted 5-1 for approval of this project at Tuesday's meeting and staff is recommending approval per comments as well.  This was a tough one for P&Z and will be, without a doubt, a hard one for Council as well.  Some things going through my mind.  For one, when my husband and I bought our house in Waxahachie, we had fields around our neighborhood.  We were told (not by the city, since we had no idea what zoning was at that time and didn't know to contact them) that those fields would remain fields.  We knew enough to ask that much, but not much more and we believed what we were told.  Within about 3 years, I believe, we had a 3 story apartment complex spring up on part of the land... We now have ANOTHER apartment complex (senior one this time) currently under construction and I'm seriously not kidding... ANOTHER apartment complex that I think has already been platted and will be starting construction probably within the next year.  My wallpaper on my phone is a picture of the sunset from next to the pond near our house and as soon as that construction is finished on the senior complex, I will never get to see the same picturesque sunset again.  We didn't want those to go there, but there they are.  What I can say though, is that we have not had any decrease in our property value or rising crime due to these buildings.  In fact, during our comprehensive plan meetings, the advisor has asked us - "Who here has ever lived in an apartment?"  I'm pretty sure every hand went up.  Apartments are a really necessary item for cities because not everyone can afford a house - especially at the prices they are going for these days.  That doesn't make them bad people.  Almost all of us have lived in them at one time or another.  There is one difference in this case compared to the Wynne Jackson Industrial Complex and that's the land around us was zoned for apartments.  We just had no idea that that was the case.
    Now, fast forward to this proposed development.  There is a subdivision adjacent to this proposed project.  This development was built next to an already existing distribution center - Walgreens.  Be that as it may, Council and staff heard the residents' concerns loud and clear and worked with the developer to get things that don't benefit any other residents in this city, but Settler's Glen. Some of those are:
    1) There will be "no direct access or curb cuts to Patrick Rd. south of Marshall Rd. in order to limit truck traffic there.  
    2) In addition, the developer has agreed (and apparently this caused a lot of issues for them, but they were able to make it work) to not have any loading docks facing Settler's Glen.  
    3) There will be a 100' landscape buffer along Patrick Rd. adjacent to Settler's Glen which includes a 6 foot earthen berm.  I have never seen this large of a landscape buffer agreed to by a developer.       
    4) Included will also be an 8' wide concrete trail and a 6' high wrought iron fence.  Some have asked about a masonry wall, but there is no need for that and if it were my house, I'd much rather look out at trees and a wrought iron gate than a concrete wall.  
    5) All trees shall be 6" minimum caliper diameter at breast height (dbh) AT THE TIME OF PLANTING.  I have NEVER seen this concession from a developer.  Usually, they will do 3" and MAYBE 4", but the developer has agreed to 6".
    6) All parking area lighting shall be designed and operated so as not to reflect or shine on adjacent residential properties.
    7) The City will provide signage restricting truck trailer traffic usage of Patrick Rd.
   
    Another point to think about with regards to this project is the impact to WISD.  This project will NOT increase enrollment at WISD, whereas if a residential development went in there, that would most definitely add students to the school district.  The largest part of your property tax bill goes to WISD and if we need more schools, you can expect that to go up more.  The taxes generated by this proposed project will help not just the city, but also the school district while not causing any additional stress to WISD.
    If a residential development went in this location instead, there would be significant traffic increases in that area.  This particular project is going to actually pave and make any necessary improvements to the portion of Marshall Rd. from Patrick Rd to IH-35.  This will most likely reduce traffic flow through the Settler's Glen development as currently folks residing outside of Settler's Glen are known to cut through that development.  Marshall Rd. will be a much more appealing thoroughfare, once constructed.
    There is still a lot to consider, but my personal opinion is that this developer has done a very good job of mitigating any negative impact of their development on surrounding properties.  You could look out your back door at a wooden fence and someone's shed or a scenic trail.  I would prefer the scenic trail.  This development, if approved, will be SO much nicer than the Walgreen's Distribution center and could possibly help keep the tax rate in Waxahachie and WISD from going up.  I've always been upfront and honest with y'all and this is no different.  I understand this may be an unpopular opinion, but I genuinely believe (although in the beginning I didn't feel this way before the developer did the things we were asking for) that this is a good development and the developer's concessions that have been made for the sake of the adjacent neighborhood have been immense.  This development could help all of Waxahachie and WISD.  That being said, I always refrain from making my final decision until after I have heard all input from citizens at the public hearing.  Even with what seem to be numerous benefits, for me, this will be one of the hardest decisions I've been tasked with since being on Council.  I do not enter into it lightly.
 
33 - Convene into Executive Session for deliberation regarding real property as permitted under section 551.072, Texas Government Code.
 
This meeting will probably be fairly long, but that's to be expected with the gravity of the matters before us.   It is an open meeting, but will also be live-streamed, if you are not able to attend in person.  You can watch it at this link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php

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Again, I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a wonderful week ahead!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com



Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Week of December 13th - 17th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!

    While we only have P&Z on the calendar so far for this week's meetings, it will be a doozy!  So let's get started!
 
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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
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5:30 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
Conduct a briefing to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular P&Z meeting.  Due to the length of the meeting's agenda, this briefing session is starting at 5:30 PM, instead of 6:00 or 6:30 PM.
 
The briefing session is open to the public and I highly recommend all who can attend, to do so because of the amount of information that is usually covered in the briefing.  It is not live-streamed at this time.  (Please keep in mind that residents have a chance to speak at the 7:00 PM meeting, but not during the briefing session.)
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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
Some cases worth mention this week:
 
11 - Consider request for a Final Plat of The Oak of North Grove, located NE of the intersection of E. North Grove Blvd. and Brown St. for 162 lots - 147 single family residences and 15 open-space or park lots.  Staff is recommending approval as presented.
 
12 & 13 - Public Hearing on a request for a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for a cell tower use within a planned development located at 185 Saratoga Drive.  The applicant is requesting approval to allow an existing 50' tall internet tower on 2.78 acres within the Saddlebrook Estates HOA common area.  The utility pole will be utilized for wireless to fiber circuit delivery to bring high speed internet to the residents within the surrounding neighborhood area.  Staff is recommending approval, per comments.
 
16 & 17 - Continue Public Hearing on a request for an SUP for a Starbucks located 1500 feet South of Butcher Road and East of Hwy 77.  They came to P&Z before and the commission requested better elevations, so the applicant is coming back to show the new elevation options.  Staff is recommending Option #3 and approval per comments.
 
18 & 19 - Public Hearing on a request by The Summit at Breezy Acres, for an indoor firearms training and shooting facility located in the NW quadrant of Butcher Road and West of I-35S.  Per the applicant, the facility will offer firearms instruction, hunter education, LTC classes, a full product line of sporting rifles, pistols, ammunition, optics and accessories as well as a 12 - bay/ 75' shooting range as part of its initial Phase 1 plans.  There are more details in the agenda packet link above.  There will probably be many folks who are looking forward to this facility.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.
 
20 & 21 - Public Hearing on a request for an SUP for a Car Wash located South of North Grove Blvd. and East of Highway 77.  Staff is recommending denial due to the belief that the proposed car wash is not the highest and best use for the property based on surrounding uses.  Staff believes that the use of retail or a dine-in restaurant would be the best use of the property.  They have also received 5 letters of opposition for the proposed development. 

22 & 23 - Public Hearing on a request for a Planned Development Mixed-Use Residential (PD-MUR) located West of 2374 W. Highway 287.  The applicant is requesting approval of a development of single family homes, cottage style homes, retail/office and park/open space on 188.46 acres.  At the January 19, 2021 City Council meeting, Council voted 5-0 to deny case number ZDC-72-2020 (original case number for Montclair Heights).  The developer at that time proposed a PD consisting of 394 total lots, but due to traffic concerns, Council voted to deny the proposal.   The purpose of THIS PD is to create zoning that will allow the development of 384 total lots. The applicant intends to create a walkable, interactive and high-end development by creating several open spaces - including pocket parks, an amenity park and a dog park.  ** Staff notes that the proposed zoning change is contingent upon Council approving the proposed annexation case (ANX-DNX-200-2021) for this property, which they are scheduled to take action on on December 20, 2021.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.  They have received 3 letters of opposition for this development as of the time of this report.

24 & 25 - Continue the Public Hearing on a request by Chip Boyd, JHDMC, LLC, for a planned development to allow single family homes, townhomes and park/open spaces on 153.7 acres located at 823 Ovilla Road. This PD would allow the development of 464 total residential lots, of which 370 lots will be single family residential and 94 lots will be developed as 28' wide townhome lots.  The applicant intends to create a walkable and interactive development by creating several open spaces (31 acres total) including pocket parks and a dog park.  ** The proposed zoning change is contingent upon City Council approving the proposed annexation case (ANX-DNX-178-2021) for this property, which Council is scheduled to take action on at the December 20, 2021 Council meeting.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.

26 & 27 - Continue the Public Hearing on a request by Michael C. Jackson, Wynne Jackson for an Industrial Complex use on 341 acres, located West of Solon Road and East of Patrick Road.  The applicant intends to create an industrial planned development in 2-3 phases, consisting of manufacturing and warehouse distribution.  There are currently no confirmed tenant(s) at this time.  ** Landscape Buffer (Adjacent to Settler's Glen neighborhood): A 100' landscape buffer shall be provided along Patrick Rd. where adjacent to the existing Settler's Glen neighborhood.  Within that landscape buffer, a 6' earthen berm shall be provided along with trees spaced at one tree per 50' of adjacency to the roadway, a minimum 8' wide concrete trail, and a 6' high wrought iron fence.  All trees shall be 6" minimum caliper diameter at breast height (dbh) at the time of planting.  This landscape buffer and the more mature trees at time of planting are very big "gets" for the Settler's Glen community.  Developers don't often do a concession to this level, so I'm very pleased that they have stepped up to do this to mitigate the impact of their development on Settler's Glen, should it be approved.  Staff has received 9 letters of opposition for the proposed development inside the 200' notification buffer and 5 letters of opposition for the proposed development outside the 200' notification buffer.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.  The P&Z commission and City Council will definitely be thinking very hard about this case for sure.

Please feel free to review the agenda packet link above for the full details on every case on the agenda.  This is a public meeting and citizens are welcome to attend in person.  The meeting will also be live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php .
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These are all of the meetings that we have scheduled as of right now.  There may be a notice of possible quorum for the City Council that is posted next week, so please revisit the city's calendar to see if that is added at a later time.  The link to the calendar is here: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
 
I hope that everyone has a great rest of your weekend and have a great week ahead!!
 
Your Friendly Councilmember,
 
Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Week of December 6th - 10th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
    I want to first thank each and every one of you who reached out about my decision not to run for Council again.  It really warms my heart to know that I've made a difference!  Thank you very much!

    Next, we have a busy week ahead of us at the city.  I'll go through all the meetings that are posted as of now, but please refer back to the city's calendar to see if any new ones are added throughout the week: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php

    Also, we have lots of great events going on around the holidays, so please check out the Waxahachie Convention and Visitor's Bureau website for lots of festivities:  https://www.waxahachiecvb.com/
 
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Monday, December 6, 2021
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6:30 PM - City Council Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


This briefing session is being conducted to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular meeting.  If you intend on going to the meeting, I highly encourage all residents to attend the briefing session as well.  These briefing sessions are very informational, but are not yet live-streamed.
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7:00 PM - City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 

The P&Z items are all fairly routine in nature, but I'd like to highlight two cases that may be of interest.

16 - 18: Public hearing on a request for a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for a Hospital (Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility) use within a General Retail zoning district located East of the intersection of Indian Drive and Brown Street. The ClearSky Rehab Hospital is a facility that will provide care for patients recovering from stroke, heart attack, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic conditions, cancer and pulmonary conditions.  It is proposed to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  The P&Z Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of this case and staff are recommending approval as well.  I think this will be a very useful facility for Waxahachie residents.

19 & 20: Public Hearing on a request for a zoning change from Single Family - 2 zoning to Planned Development - Single Family -2 to allow an existing additional Single-Family residence for rent use located at 314 Kaufman Street.  Our current ordinances don't allow for an accessory structure to be metered separately and rented out.  There are no official city records that indicate any permits issued or inspections done at the subject property, so staff has concerns regarding the safety of the structure as a habitable use.  At the P&Z meeting, the Commission voted 5-2 to recommend denial of this case. Staff is also recommending denial.

For more details on these cases or other items on the agenda, please refer to the agenda packet link above.  Also, this meeting is open to the public to attend in person, but will also be live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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5:00 PM - City Council and P&Z Joint Work Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


This should be a very interesting work session.  It is being held to hear a presentation and hold discussion on a proposed master planned community development, Haven Ranch, located in our ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction), just South of Lake Waxahachie.  There is a map and description of some of the amenities, including Haven Park, which look like it could be a great thing if accessible to all Waxahachie residents.  I look forward to hearing the presentation.  This is a public meeting and you are welcome to attend.  It will not be live-streamed.
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6:00 PM - Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC)
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


At this meeting, we will be discussing and reviewing growth scenarios and future land use categories.  This is a great opportunity to be involved in the planning of the future of Waxahachie and this meeting is open for all residents to attend.  It will not, however, be live-streamed.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
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4:00 PM - Mid-Way Regional Joint Airport Board Regional Meeting
Upstairs Common Area of Mid-Way Regional Airport
131 Airport Dr., Midlothian, Texas


5 - Consider contract with Don Jackson Construction for the six unit box hangars

6 - Discuss having a safety seminar with tenants on airport flight pattern operations

This is a public meeting and residents are welcome to attend, but it will not be live-streamed.
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5:30 PM - Heritage Preservation Commission Regular Meeting
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


4 - Consider approval of renewal HT tax exemption applications

5 - Consider approval of new HT tax exemption applications

This is a public meeting and residents are welcome to attend, but it will not be live-streamed.
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That's all for this week's meetings.  Lots of good things going on in the city right now.  I hope y'all have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com