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J , , r : 'J 'p ' "  r Page 8 The Free Press Current Events June 12, 2003 FM 1626 and FM 967 inte]rsection is hot corner in recharge mapping BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer REA-The Texas Commiss- ion on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the process of analyzing an area at the intersection of FM 1626 and FM 967 to see if it should be considered part of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BS/EACD) Staff Hydro- Geologist Brian Hunt said an independent field geologist will look at the 200-aore site Friday. "There are about 600 acres (to be developed) at the comer (of FM 1626 and FM 967), Hunt said. "About a third of it we consider in the recharge zone," Hunt said that a high-density development is planned for the site, which is owned by the Giberson family. Any development built in the recharge zone is required to fol- low strict guidelines to protect the aquifer's water quality. "(Developers) are in the process of submitting a site development plan to the state," Hunt said. "In the past they have been 'grandfathered.' Most of, or part of it, is not the site we are petitioning. They've been aware of this for years now. They are moving ahead with the process of a development plan... A lot of people are concerned about this property." Last December, the BS/EACD submitted a petition to the TCEQ to request a change to the official TCEQ recharge boundary map of the Barton Springs segment on 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." nn's Arkansas, inc. AR08 Channel Catfish, Bass, Hybrid Bluegill, Fathead Minnows, Koi, Crappie and Triploid Grass Carp are now available for Pond and Lake Stocking. Permit and one week notice required for Triploid Grass Carp purchase. 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Loop 4 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 corn- The zoning changes would mon 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 Resllt[onS; frbm!bage't ' " ! 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 Bda.City, Hal4:. ...... .. :: :! :d!iH :, (:!! ": ?r,h',c90 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. D ANNUITIES Come by our office at: 251 N. FM 1626, Bldg 2, Suite C Buda, Texas 78610 or Call Business: (512) 312-1917 Fax: (512) 312-0688 Office Hours M, T,W, & F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated Don't Miss Out on "Life"!!! What a great way to start out a new "life" by obtaining The Farmers' Juvenile Premier Whole Life policy which has some significant advantages you should know about. It's amazing what a few dollars a month can do for your child's future. the city initiated in order to improve appearances along the main commercial thorough- fares. Landowners who wish to make improvements in the over- lay district are required to sub- mit professional drawings and other information to the city staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission, in addition to the other steps required for building in Kyle. In essence, the city just wants to see what's going up in the overlay district so it can be assured that no more eyesores are being constructed in key business districts. However, the process would cost Shaw $8,000 for a $10,000 improvement. "That's $8,000 that I can't spend on improving the proper- ty," Shaw said. "For me, that isrt't cost effective." So, Shaw instead is storing piles of wood and old cars for sale on the property. She can do that for free. While much blather in and around Kyle concerns a possible mayoral recall, it remains that the city faces numerous throny issues that aren't about to be solved through political postur- ing. Among them are matters of water, storm drainage, trans- portation, economic develop- ment and beautification. Shaw's problem highlights a conflict between economic development and beautification, two issues which, by some accounts, go hand in hand. "It's a tough part of a transi- tioning city where you're trying to exercise the kind of overall control over development that you need," Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis said. "This is a clas- sic example. In most cases, the developers and builders are already doing these drawings It does get to be a problem for small businesses with limited budgets. At the same time, this information is important." Though the information may be important, Kyle city officials are trying to figure out alterna- tives for small businesses. Councilmembers took up the matter for discussion at a recent meeting of the Kyle City Council. Among the ideas kicked around by the city council was a suggestion by Councilmember Mike Moore that the city send its engineer to the property and make a call in the case of small local business. However, that wouldn't satisfy the city's desire to know how the property is going to look. Then again, sometimes the property owner doesn't know exactly how the property will look. Shaw, fo r example, won't know what her three buildings would look like until she actual- ly purchases them. But that means she wouldn't know what to represent on her commercial overlay drawings until she already has purchased the build- ings. And that might not even be the end of it, because Shaw still would have to be sure the build- ings comply with the zoning code. "If I purchase a small, turn- of-the-century building, they're going to want to put stone on it," Shaw said. As the P&Z and city council struggled in 2001 with the first rewrite of the city's zoning ordi- nance since 1976, commission- ers and .councilmembers dis- cussed at length the aesthetic requirements for new building. While the desire for stone facades generated little contro- versy, local merchants stormed the meetings to protest a pro- posed requirement against metal roofs. "We're thinking of safety," Shaw said. "Metal's not going to burn. We're thinking of inyest- ment. Metal lasts." At the same time, the city desires to spruce up its appear- ance. As Kyle Mayor James Adkins once said, referencing a sign announcing Kyle as the "Gateway to Ranch Country," near the entrance to town near IH-35: "It looks like .the back gate." Shaw's building is an excep- tion to the tired look of Kyle's 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. 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