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Page 2 • The Free Press Current Events August 14, 2003 HEB clears Kyle P&Z, could open in one year Mile Burdette of Barshop & Oles explains the HEB shoppirig center plan to the Kyle Planning & Zoning Commission• (photo by Bill Peterson) Buda P&Z Commission starts new year with garlic taste BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer B UDA-August is the beginning of a new term for the Buda Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z). At the commission's regular meeting Tiiesday "  ng'ht, Ronald Fletcher was selected as the new chairman, while Carl Urban was selected as the new vice-chairman. Fletcher, the former vice- chairman, replaces former Chairman Byron Warren, who is serving on the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Buda City Administration Bob Mathis gave a presenta- tion to the P&Z on the Open Meetings Act. Fletcher requested the presentation in order to clarify regulations concerning the Open Meetings Act and how it relates to the P&Z. Mathis said that if any four members of the commission discuss business or deliberate outside official meetings of the P&Z, it would constitute an illegal quorum. It is illegal to have quorum without posting the meetings 72 hours in advance, Mathis said. Mathis said it would also constitute a quorum if any four, or more, members of the P&Z deliberate over the tele- phone or by e-mail. "You can't do business out of the public eye," Mathis said. "It does not mean you can't all attend a public event. You just have to be responsi- ble, and not discuss business." New Buda Engineer Frank Delcastillo shared a bit of his knowledge he gained in the eight years he served on the Round Rock P&Z. Delcastillo explained several complex for- mulas on how to calculate housing density in subdivision plats. ' Delcastiilo explained that the proposed Garlic Creek sub- division has a residential hous- ing density of 3.33 homes per acre. DelcastiHo brought up that rubric in response to con- fusion on the residential densi- ty'of the proposed Garlic ' Creek West Subdivision at an earlier meeting. The new city engineer also said that the city has an excel- lent staff. "You need to trust your staff," Delacastillo recom- mended. The commission also addressed the controversial Garlic Creek West subdivision plat in more detail. Mathis said the developer, Shawn Breedlove, must address several issues before the city staff can approve the subdivision plat. Mathis said that the city staff had some questions on impervious cover and the impact of additional traffic. Mathis said the city's fire chief, Mike Duffy, reviewed the subdivisio'n plat and offered one comment: "Road width." The developers will resub- mit the preliminary plan later this week, Mathis said, at which time the city staff will review the preliminary plat. Buda resident Daniel Levy voiced major concerns about the proposed Garlic Creek West subdivision, including the impact it will have on traf= fic, schools, water and the pristine, historical character of Old Black Colony Road. "Once the preliminary plan is properly submitted, Bob (Mathis) will start the clock, and you'll have 30 days in which to respond," Levy said. "I'd like to know what that means...And if you can't act in 30 days, will you to go to jail?" Levy suggested such drhs- tic measures as law suits and civil disobedience to stop the Garlic Creek West Subdivision. However, he said the city and community should ' be open to productive dialogue With the:., devel,per,'r" some sort ofcompromis˘ .... ". Also, during Tuesday's meeting, Mathis discussed proposed changes to the city's Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code. Mathis is looking at improving the working definitions for the General Development Code, seeking clarification on the diversity of lot size. The P&Z also discussed strengthening the intent of the city's tree survey require- ments, including the preserva- tion of historic trees in new subdivision developments. In other business: • Several engineering firms, seeking bids to design the expansion of the city's wastewater treatment plant, will give presentations at the city council's meeting next Tuesday. • Mathis said the Simon Property Group took another step towards acquiring land in the city's extrateritorrial juris- diction (ETJ). The Simon Property Group, owners of Lakeline Mall and Barton Creek Square Mall, are look- ing to build a mall in the Buda area. • Mathis said EDC Director Warren Ketteman has had talks with Chili's, Applebee's, Taco Bell, and other restaurants about coming to the IH-35 cor- ridor in Buda. • P&Z Commissioners Glenn Davey, Nancy Brinkley and Fletcher are scheduling talks with Breedlove to discuss the proposed Garlic Creek West subdivision plat. BY BILL PETERSON Editor . YLE-Kyle city officials have held that dreamy look in their eyes ever since HEB came to them last fall with a pro- posal to locate a grocery store in town. Now, that store could be no more than a year from open- ing. Kyle's Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approved a site development plan put for- ward by development company Barshop & Oles at Tuesday night's meeting. Barshop & Oles and HEB are partnering on the shopping center, which will be located right on the east side of the intersection between IH-35 and SH 150. To move the project forward, the P&Z approved several zon- ing variances pertaining to sig- nage and landscaping. The city will allow HEB to put up two 65- foot tall signs and one 50-foot tall sign, voting around an ordi- nance that allows signs to be only 20 feet tall. In addition, the property will be 35 percent land- scaped, rather than 50 percent landscaped, as required by ordi- nance. "We've reviewed the plan and like it in general," Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis said to the P&Z. "The staff's view is to take • the big picture approach to this project. ' In other words, the staff's view is that the city needs the HEB and the retail possibilities that go with an adjoining 20,000- square-feet shopping center and five additional pads for other businesses along iH-35. The matter probably will go to the city council at the Aug. 19 meeting. HEB still needs to address a few minor matters raised by City Engineer Joel Wilkinson. However, Mile Burdette of Barshop & Oles said the ground will be turned just as soon as all the approvals are secured. "We wouldn't do this if HEB weren't commited to coming in here and doing a store fight away," Burdette said. "We're hoping to start construction pret- ty soon. The idea is to have a store open next year at this time." The proposed Kyle facility will be anchored by a 93,000- square-foot HEB, which would be one of the chain's largest stores. HEB builds stores in three standard sizes - 60,000 square feet being the smallest, 90,000 square feet being the largest and 78,000 square feet as the medi- um size. The Buda HEB, opened in HEB Countdown in Kyle, pg. 9 2003 Property Tax Rates in Hays County Emergency Services District #5 This nbtice concerns 2003 property tax rates for Hays County Emergency Se District #5. It presents information about three tax rates. Last year's tax rate actual rate the taxing unit used to determine property taxes last year. This effective tax rate would impose the same total taxes as last year if you co properties taxed in both years. This year's rollback tax rate is the highest tax r-" taxing unit can set before taxpayers can start tax rollback procedures. In eacl these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes by the tax base (th value of taxable property) with adjustments as required by state law. The rat{ given per $100 of property value. Last year's tax rate: Last year's operating taxes Last year's d,elt,txes ...... : ,.,, : , . i  .hat year's total taxes Last year's tax base Last year's total tax rate This year's effective tax rate: Last year's adjusted taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property) + This year's adjusted tax base (after subtracting value of new property) = This year's effective tax rate x 1.03 = maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearing This year's rollback tax rate: Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any transferred function, tax increment financing, and/or enhanced indigent health care expenditures) + This year's adjusted tax base = This year's effective operating rate x 1.08 = this year's maximum operating rate + This year's debt rate. = This year's rollback rate $207,885 $0 ! , , : $207,885 $692,950,000 0.0300/$100 $205,142 $707,810,639 0.0289/$100 0.0297/5100 $205,142 $707,810,639 0.028915100 0.0312/$100 0.0000/5100 0.0312/5100 statement of Increase/Decrease If Hays County Emergency Services District #5 adopts a 2003 tax • rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.0289 per $100 value, taxes would increase compared to 2002 taxes by $33,541. Schedule A Unencumbered Fund Balances The following estimated balances wiltbe left in the unit's property tax accounts at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation. Type of Property Tax Fund Balance General Fund $183,645 This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax rates' calculations. You can inspect a copy of the full calculations at Courthouse Annex, 102 N. LBJ, San Marcos, Texas 78666. Name of person'preparing this notice•: Luanne Caraway Title: Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Date PrePared: August 7, 2003 C3324 Dodge Sff C3156 $4500 Rebate SMAO Disc. " AUTO -- OUTLET . SAN MARCOS ..- SE for illustration $2500 Rebate $2500 SMAO Disc: Dodge 2500 C3081 $2500 Rebate $5000 SMAO Disc.