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4 Page 4A Hays Free Press May 25, 2016 STAFF REPORT One person was killed and another was injured after a fatal rollover acci- dent that occurred during the early morning hours Sunday along Interstate 35. According to a city of Kyle press release, Kyle Police responded to 1-35 northbound at the 217 exit ramp just be- fore 1 a.m. Sunday for a i~-vehicle crash, with reports of one vehicle that had rolled over. The vehi- cle was later described as a green Chevrolet pickup truck. "Witnesses on the scene told our officers a male subject was eject- ed from his vehicle and appeared to be deceased," Kyle Police Chief Jeff Bar- nett said in a statement. Police located a man on the left emergency shoulder of the highway, according to the release. Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Beth Smith pronounced the man dead at the scene. Authorities have not released the identity of the man pending noti- fication of next of kin. Police believe the man to be a resident of Mexico, Anyone with information on the not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. The pickup then came accident is asked to call the Kyleto a stop on the main Police Dept. at 512-268-3232. lanes ofi-35 wherea gray Volkswagen Jetta struck it. "The impact from the but said he may have ties Kyle woman. The green Volkswagen hitting the to the Kyle area. pickup truck then fled the green Chevrolet caused Prior to the rollover ac- scene, the bed of the pickup to cident, the green pickup "The green pickup was come free of the cab, es- truck had been involved then seen traveling north- sentially becoming debris in a hit-and-run accident bound on the frontage in the road," he said. '~, at Bebee Road and the road," Barnett said. "It white Toyota Camry and 1-35 access road on the then crashed through the a green Toyota Camry east side of the highway, median onto the main then both hit the bed of Barnett said witnesses lanes of 1-35 at the 217 the pickup as they were told police the green pick- exit ramp." swerving to avoid the up truck struck a white Barnett said the truck crash." Chevrolet pickup truck, rolled over and the driver, One driver was trans- which was driven by a who investigators say was ported to an Austin area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The person was treated and released. Authorities shut down 1-35 for two hours follow- ing the crash, as the Kyle Police Accident Recon- struction Team was on scene gathering infor- mation and "collecting data to piece everything together," Barnett said. Smith ordered an autopsy of the deceased driver. Barnett said it was too early to tell whether alcohol or other substanc- es were involved. "The investigation is ongoing," Barnett said. BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com Kyle city staff informed city council May 17 that an update to the 2010 Comprehensive Plan would be needed to insure its viability for an additional five years. City Manager Scott Sellers made a report to council regarding various updates on capital im- provement projects, road projects and the compre- hensive plan. According to city docu- ments from the Planning and Zoning Commission, there are several points in Kyle's Comprehensive plan that need updating or revising. The attachment identi- fied a midterm analysis of the 2010 comprehen- sive plan indicated that a partial update would be necessary, but a complete revision is not needed at this time. The report consisted of two sections of possible amendments that were labeled as critical and non-critical. Critical changes to the com- prehensive plan consist of updating maps for fu- ture land use and zoning. The mid- term update on the com- prehensive plan will also update the Hays Coun- ty Master Transpor- tation Plan to the 2016 version that is currently in develop- ment. Other important areas to update make referenc- es to the wastewater ca- Kyle's comprehensive plan will include a new economic a wastewater capacity study and zoning changes. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III development strategy plan, as well as pacity study, and the new Other non-critical economic development updates include en- strategic plan to update couraging development the tax gap with more quality of life analysis, initiatives and the sus- Other Kyle tainability of future site noncritical Planning designs. and ZoningThose include storm updates commis- water collection for irri- sioners gation and implementing include would dark sky ordinances to also like curb light pollution. encouraging to review One issue with any the current revision to the city's development location of comprehensive plan is the em- the cost of working with with more ployment consultants, Sellers said. quality of life district "We may be able to and assessdo a little bit of work initiatives the possi-in-house with some help bilities of from outside sources," and the alternate Sellers said. sustainability locations.Sellers said it would P&Z be less expensive to do of future site commis- a partial revision than a sioners complete one that might designs, wanted to cost anywhere from consider $50,000 to $60,000. adding Community Develop- some new categories tomerit Director Howard the zoning node, whichKoontz said a complete includes creating a revision of the plan, mixed use zoning catego- which is conducted once ry and an office/institu- per decade, would cost tional category, under six figures. A mid- term revision would cost one-third the price. Mayor of Kyle Todd Webster confirmed that the changes to the com- prehensive plan were needed, but that when- ever consultants are needed, cost is an issue. Webster said he intended to call a work- shop for Planning and Zoning commissioners, city staff, and city coun- cil members to discuss the needed changes and possible ways to enact them. The report presented to council was based on the recommendations of P&Z commissioners as well as the input from the general public, along with a large group of business stakeholders from August 2015 to March 2016. Koontz said citizens were given an opportu- nity to comment on the revision at a previous P&Z meeting. He said turnout was low. Koontz said city coun- cil would have to vote and approve any possible changes to the compre- hensive plan. plan by the 2010 The last year Kyle did a full update of its comprehensive plan SSO,O00 TO $80,000 Potential cost of a partial revision of the comprehensive plan 28,016 2010 Kyle population estimate 32,881 2015 Kyle population estimate 17.4 PERCENT Increase in population in Kyle from April 1,2010 to July 1,2014 2 Number of Kyle City Council members on the dais during the 2010 comprehensive plan update (Becky Selbera, Diane Hervol) Buda Mass Transit Continued from pg. 1A with Capital Metro in March 2015 to develop a TDP for Buda. In 2010, Buda was relabeled an Austin Urban area as opposed to a rural area, which caused a shift in transportation services. As a result, Buda was forced to pay a fee for demand response service - from the Capital Area Rural Transportation Service (CARTS). CARTS, which is a demand response service, is a transportation option for people in rural areas at no cost, but operates in urban areas for a fee. CARTS also has a specific route that may or may not meet the transportation needs of Buda citizens, according to Capital Metro Representative Michelle Meaux. The partnership with Capital Metro has the possibility of bringing with it federal funding for future transit options. Capital Metro is already pursuing grant programs to support the cost of future transit plans. The goals of the In a later interview, council member Angela Kennedy said that ridership and cost would eventually determine what mass transit option the city decides to go with. proposed transit plans,Southpark Meadows at according to Capital the least," Kennedy said. Metro, are to provide Kennedy was optimistic Buda citizens access to about the partnership shopping, jobs, medical with Capital Metro. appointments, and other "We want to move services they require forward with the planning as well as providing stage and see what they commuter service to come up with," Kennedy downtown Austin. said. Meaux said that the Buda Mayor Todd Ruge TDP would help establish on the other hand wants a solid foundation to look at mass transit for transit to build on options "cautiously". over time and have the "Ridership would possibility of connecting be one of the major to future regional services determining factors in like the Lone Star Rail. a future mass transit In a later interview option," Ruge said. council member Angela Ruge suggested that Kennedy said that the city purchase a van ridership and cost would and hire a full time driver eventually determine in order to meet demand what mass transit option service needs. 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