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Page 8 The Free Press Current Events June 12, 2003 BY DANIEL MICHAEL site, which is owned by the Staff Writer Giberson family. Any development built in the AREA-The Texas Commiss- recharge zone is required to fol- ion on Environmental low strict guidelines to protect Quality (TCEQ) is in the the aquifer'swaterquality. process of analyzing an area at "(Developers) are in the the intersection of FM 1626 and process of submitting a site FM 967 to see if it should be development plan to the state," considered part of the Barton Hunt said. "In the past they have Springs/Edwards Aquifer been 'grandfathered.' Most of, recharge zone. or part of it, is not the site we are Barton Springs/Edwards petitioning. They've been aware Aquifer Conservation District of this for years now. They are (BS/EACD) Staff Hydro- moving ahead with the process Geologist Brian Hunt said an of a development plan A lot of independent field geologist will people are concerned about this look at the 200-aore site Friday. property." "There are about 600 acres Last December, the (to be developed) at the comer BS/EACD submitted a petition (of FM 1626 and FM 967), Hunt to the TCEQ to request a change said. "About a third of it we to the official TCEQ recharge consider in the recharge zone," boundary map of the Barton Hunt said that a high-density Springs segment on the development is planned for the Edwards Aquifer, said BS/EACD Assessment Program Manager Brian Smith "Within the recharge zone, rainfall and surface water infil- trates into the aquifer through recharge features such as caves, sinkholes, and fractures and through the soil and bedrock," Smith said. Contaminants that are picked up by this infiltrating water will be carried .into the aquifer, where it can enter wells that tap into the aquifer, accord- ing to the BS/EACD. It is estimated that more than 50,000 people reIy on the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer as their sole source of drinking water, according to Smith Buda Assistant Administrator Grey White said he has received a timeline on the recharge zone mapping: "The TCEQ is doing field work to verify data submitted by the, BS/EACD," he said. "They are going to go public with their findings Oct. 22. Anyone who would like to contest the map can give notice at that time." "If the (TCEQ) decides to proceed with changing the zon- ing map, there will be a period for public comment beginning Nov. 7," White said. "The TCEQ is scheduled to take action on the map March 3, 2004." Arkansas, inc. 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Live Delivery Guaranteedl more information, call one * Discounts/Special Delivedes on large ordersl of our Aquatic Consultants, * Turtle Traps, Fish Feeders, Fish Traps local dealer, or email * Liquid Pond Fertilizer and Gift Certificates sales@dunnsfishfarm Offices located in Oklahoma & Arkansasl M-F 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm CST Ph: 1-800-433-2950 Fax: t-870-589-2029 www.dunnsflshfarm.com America can depend on Farmers' Agent 'l BY DANIEL MICHAEL density retail spaces along the Staff Writer arterial thoroughfare. The P&Z also approved B UDA -The Planning and adding high-density industrial, Zoning Committee (P&Z) commercial and retail along in Buda unanimously approved South Loop 4 east of the inter- changes to the city's Future state. Land Use Map. The zoning change is a com- The zoning changes wouldmen sense measure because include additional high-density Loop 4 is an arterial road, zoning along North Loop 4 east according to Buda Assistant of IH-35. The area would Administrator GreyWhite. change from a commercial/ White is filling in this week retail to arterial for Buda City Administrator commercial/retail Bob Mathis who is on vacation High destiny zoning would Mathis is expected to return allow apartments, duplexes, Monday Kyle " .!; zoning change is long overdue P&Z Commissioner Ronald Fletcher said, "I think there is a backlog on this decision." However, according to Fletcher, the map looks a bit patchy "We could try to carve up the map in little pieces, or try to use a common sense approach," Fletcher said. The Buda City Council will vote to either approve or reject the zoning changes at its next regular meeting, White said. The Buda City Council will meet Tuesday, at 7 p.m. in the Bt~da.City, Hag;. '. : :: : !i~, :,:!:!-! ,: ,-,r,!!)',cmq.~ Thames Insurance Agency is now serving your area. I would like to serve all of your insurance needs: AUTO * HOME LIFE * BOAT * IRA's TAX DEFERRE. 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Landowners who wish to around by the city council was a make improvements in the over- suggestion by Councilmember lay district are required to sub- Mike Moore that the city send mit professional drawings and its engineer to the property and other information to the city make a call in the case of small staff and the Planning and local business However, that Zoning Commission, in addition wouldn't satisfy the city's desire to the other steps required for to know how the property is building in Kyle. going to look. In essence, the city just Then again, sometimes the wants to see what's going up in property owner doesn't know the overlay district so it can be exactly how the property will assured that no more eyesores look. Shaw, for example, won't are being constructed in key know what her three buildings business districts However, the would look like until she actual- process would cost Shaw $8,000 ly purchases them. But that for a $10,000 improvement, means she wouldn't know what "That's $8,000 that I can't to represent on her commercial spend on improving the proper- overlay drawings until she ty," Shaw said. "For me, that already has purchased the build- isrt't cost effective " ings. So, Shaw instead is storing And that might not even be piles of wood and old cars for the end of it, because Shaw still sale on the property, would have to be sure the build- She can do that for free. ings comply with the zoning While much blather in and code. around Kyle concerns a possible "If I purchase a small, turn- mayoral recall, it remains that of-the-century building, they're the city faces numerous throny going to want to put stone on it," issues that aren't about to be Shaw said. solved through political postur- As the P&Z and city council ing. Among them are matters of struggled in 2001 with the first water, storm drainage, trans- rewrite of the city's zoning ordi- portation, economic develop- nance since 1976, commission- ment and beautification Shaw's ers and councilmembers dis- problem highlights a conflict cussed at length the aesthetic between economic development requirements for new building. and beautification, two issues While the desire for stone which, by some accounts, go facades generated little centre- hand in hand. versy, local merchants stormed "It's a tough part of a transi- the meetings to protest a pro- tioning city where you're trying posed requirement against metal to exercise the kind of overall roofs. control over development that "We're thinking of safety," you need," Kyle City Manager Shaw said. "Metal's not going to Tom Mattis said. "This is a clas- burn. We're thinking of inyest- sic example. In most cases, the ment. Metal lasts." developers and builders are At the same time, the city already doing these drawings It desires to spruce up its appear- does get to be a problem for ance. As Kyle Mayor James small businesses with limited Adkins once said, referencing a budgets. At the same time, this sign announcing Kyle as the information is important." "Gateway to Ranch Country," Though the information may near the entrance to town near be important, Kyle city officials IH-35: "It looks like. the back are trying to figure out alterna- gate." tives for small businesses Shaw's building is an excep- Councilmembers took up the tion to the tired look of Kyle's matter for discussion at a recent business district. The building, which opened up as the Arrowhead Cafe in the 1920s, has quartz, petrified wood and geodes dotting the facede. Inside, Shaw perfects her stained glass work, which is found in several local homes She has four works going at the moment, with seven customers on her waiting list. In addition to Shaw's stained glass work and the perfor- mances of other local artists, the store also includes a full service flower shop, Blossoms and Gifts But expansion of the facility is going to depend on how well Shaw and the city can negotiate the commercial overlay require- ments. To date, only one prospec- tive business has completed the commercial overlay require- ments An. equipment rental store on U.S. 81 to be owned by Dan Janasek made the cut, but only after Janasek needed a sec- ond trip to the P&Z after finding that his first attempt at commer- cia'l overlay drawings wouldn't be sufficient "I think there's an assump- tion that this information isn't necessary," Mattis said. "I'm satisfied that it is." Phone: 268-7862 or 262-6397 Fax: 268-0262 E-Mail: NEWS news@haysfreepress.com ADS ads@haysfreepress.com CLASSIFIEDS classifieds@haysfreepress.com Address: 3470 Jack C. Hays Trail P.O. Box 339 Buda, Texas 78610 i,', ii e Dee Do You Have a Vision Care Plan? 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