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CLASSIFIEDS * PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com , Janua 2,2013 Developing by design New 1-35 developments must conform to rules BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com After months of public discussion, Kyle council members unanimously ap- proved the implementation of specific design standards for new non-residen- tial developments along Interstate 35. The 1-35 Overlay District Develop- ment Standards has endured several revisions from the first proposal, which drew fire from the development com- munity, up until its first reading at council in early December. Mayor Lucy Johnson said at the Dec. 4 meeting that a developer, whom she did not name, spoke to her about pros- pects of lavish main entrances and how those materials could not be used in the building's whole outside faqade without having costs skyrocket. The latest revisions council offered at the Dec. 4 meeting included relax- ing the rules so that developments could employ the same character and color for the whole faqade of the build- ing and not force developers to use the same materials. Council members agreed to allow the same aesthetic on all four sides of the building to include character and color, and not force use of the same materi- als on the side of the building as on the main entrance. "We have also incorporated other building material treatments that can be utilized to reduce blank walls," said Planning Director Sofia Nelson. Council accepted accent lighting, light fixtures, and/or %getation cover- age of at least 30 percent of a wall to be used as a method of breaking up the space. The arduous task of establishing the development standards, which began in April, included several public meet- ings, public hearings, communica- tions, feedback, heated exchanges and ordinance revisions. The city's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission in their latest revisions to the ordinance on Nov. 27 updated the standards to require trees every 40 feet, instead of every 30 feet; allow ever- green landscaping to screen mechani- cal equipment; allow utility boxes to be a uniform earth tone or a color that matches the wall upon which the box is located; allow for intemal pedestri- an walkways to be distinguished from driving surfaces by textured pavement or paint. The standards also require parking lots to visually and functionally seg- ment into smaller lots with no more than 250 parking spaces, rather than 150 parking spaces, per parking area; reduce glazing requirements from 40 to 30 percent, as an option; and update the building massing and form require- ments from non-retail and retail devel- opment. At final passage of the ordinance Dec. 18, council members, with much appreciation for the work by city staff, unanimously passed the development standards. Council members Ray Bry- ant and Brad Pickett were absent. The development standards were intended to expedite approval of proj- ects that conform to the general de- velopment principles outlined in the comprehensive master plan for 1-35, according to city documents. These rules were planned to be concise and user-friendly. City documents state that the de- velopment requirements put forth the vision, goals, policies and objectives outlined in the comprehensive mas- ter plan and ensure that new develop- ments will not turn their back on the interstate and other major arteries, and in cases when the development has to do so, that it does so in the most attrac- tive manner possible. They also require developments to advance a connected network of streets and sidewalks, providing a variety of pedestrian and vehicular routes to any single destination in and out of the development; and also call for build- ing facades that create visual interest through horizontal and vertical articu- lation with windows, multiple entranc- es facing streets and sidewalks, and the minimization of blank walls. Kyle Area Chamber provides real value KYLE CHAMBER OF he Kyle Area Chamber has led many initiatives in our communi- ty throughout the last few years. The chamber was the first organiza- tion to pass a resolution to support the expansion of educational offerings by having the Austin Community College District become a reality within the Hays CISD boundaries. The first build- ing is currently under construction as part of a 96-acre ACC development at the comer of 1626 and Kohler's Cross- ing here in Kyle. The Kyle Area Cham- ber is the voice of the business com- mtmity, and here is an excerpt from a study executed by the Schapiro Group, Inc. on why businesses have real value in chamber membership. Advocates of chambers of com- merce have long believed that when a company is active in its local chamber, it is doing the right thing not only for the community but for its own success. While there is plenty of evidence to show the impact of chambers of com- merce on their communities, it is much harder to find data that quantifies the impact of belonging to a chamber. This study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives with support from Small Business Net- work, Inc., is designed to do just that: Determine the real value to compa- nies in terms of consumer outcomes of joining and being active in a local chamber of commerce. Do consumers really support businesses because they are chamber members? The impact of chamber member- ship on large restaurant chains: Patronage Frequency When consumers know that a res- tattrant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 50 per- cent more likely to eat at the franchise more often. The impact of chamber member- ship on insurance companies: Purchase Intent When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43 percent more likely to consider buying insurance from it. Impact on small businesses: The table on impact on small busi- ness in the report indicates that if re- spondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 44 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 51 percent increase in consumer aware- See KYLE CHAMBER NEWS, pg. 4D PHOTO BY CONNIE BREWER Kohler has a complex Construction continues on the new Pct. 2 County Offices in Kyle. 1 the meantime, Constable James Kohler has taken it upon himself to name the facility. He recently had a sign made that jokingly refers to the building as "Future Home of Kohler Complex." When the new building opens - the target date was this week - offices for adult probation, the sheriff's department and constable, in addition to the justice of the peace, commissioner and tax office, will operate out of the new building. COURTESY PHOTO Chambers welcomes 360 Press Solutions The Buda Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for new member, Teri Diaz, of 360 Press Solutions at the chamber Office. Those attending the event were (I to r) Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Travis Gardner, Diane StofeI-Duley, Linda Thornburg, Michele Gonzalez, BACC Executive Director Cindy Swink, Kathy Sommers, Jeffrey Clark, Teri Diaz, Lawrence Radinsky, Dick Schneider, Holly Glickler, Christine Bowen, David Glickler and Kelsey Dodson. Fast cash may end up costing consumers BBB warns consumers to be wary when applying for payday or car title loans SUBMITTED REPORT The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers looking for payday or car title loans to research a company or website's reputation and read all the fine print before giving personal information or signing any agreements. This year, BBB has received more than 3,300 complaints nationwide against payday lenders. Many of those complaints allege fraud- in- chiding companies initiating loans or withdrawing money without per- mission, or calling to collect a debt that the consumer claims was never owed. Other complaints allege poor customer service or unscrupulous collection tactics. For years, consumer advocates have been warning those who are cash-strapped about the predatory practices of payday and car title lenders. These lenders offer short- term loans for those whose credit is not good enough to obtain a credit card or bank loan. In Texas, payday and car title lend- ers are required to obtain a license and display a schedule of fees in a See PAYDAY LENDING, pg. 4D Food scores focus on Kyle BY VERONICA GORDON veronica@haysfreepress.com While inspectors were busy reviewing Kyle eateries in November, only a few stops made in Buda. Kyle had only one place with a below-average rating. The Bread Basket on Goforth Road received 15 demerits, an improvement from its last visit when it received 21 demerits in June, which was far below average. Kyle saw four restaurants reach exemplary scores and several others were above average and average. Buda had three spots in- spected and all did well, with exemplary and above-average scores. The county does not score on a standard 0 to 100 scale, but instead tabulates total demerits. If no violations are found, a score of 0 demerits is achieved. If an establishment receives more than 30 demer- its, a re-inspection is required, and corrections must be made to bring the total score below 30, in accordance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules (Chapter 229 of the Texas Administrative Code/ Health Services). Look for more inspection scores in the coming year as the county continues its work in the Kyle and Buda area. BUDA FOOD SERVERS Exemplary (0 demerits): Alternative Impact Center, Camp Lucy Above average ( 1-7 de- merits): Sweetie's Kettle Corn (outside Cabela's) Average (8-13 demerits): None Below average (14-20 de- merits): None Far below average (21 +): None KYLE FOOD SERVERS Exemplary (0 demerits): Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Kyle Food Mart, Panda Express #1946, Pizza Classics of Kyle Above average ( 1-7 demer- its): Inn Above Onion Creek, losie's Frozen Yogurt, Legend Oaks Healthcare, Sonic Drive- in Plum Creek, Taqueria Dolar, Target #2725, Veggytopia Average (8-13 demerits): Casa Garcia's, Chill Out Yogurt Bar, Park Place Foods Inc., Speed In Convenience Store Below average (14-20 de- merits): Bread Basket Far below average (21 +): None Five reasons not to be a do-it-yourself investor A FINANCIAL These days, you can go online and invest, for modest fees. You can also visit vari- ous websites for research and watch numerous cable shows for investment recommenda- tions. So, why shouldn't you be a "do-it-yourself" investor rather than work with a finan- cial professional? Actually, there are at least five good reasons why a finan- cial advisor can help make you a better investor. See FINANCIAL FOCUS, pg. 4D