Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

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Meeting Date: 09/12/2017  
Contact: Edlyn Vatthauer, Planning Manager
File Number: Z-1359-17/PD-172  
Date Filed: 08/08/2017  
Location: East of Cockrell Hill Road and approximatley 300 feet north of Belt Line Road.
Size of Request: 2.31 acres  
Number of Lots: Two  
Current Zoning: PD-137 (base zoining of General Retail)
Applicant: Jake Fears  
Owner: Ashfaq Ahmed/Bashir Naviwala

Consider Zoning Case Z-1359-17; a change in zoning from PD-137 to a General Retail Planned Development (PD-172), which will have a base zoning of General Retail and will allow a Mini-Warehouse Storage by-right with deviations regarding maximum height,  signage and masonry requirements; an area to the east of Cockrell Hill Road and approximately 300 feet north of Belt Line Road; on approximately 2.31 acres and containing two tracts; Applicant: Jake Fears; Owners:Ashfaq Ahmed and Bashir Naviwala.
The applicant is wanting to construct a Mini-Warehouse on the property in question.  The property in question is zoned PD-137 and having a base zoning of General Retail, which does not allow a Mini-Warehouse.  Therefore, the applicant is asking to replace the existing Planned Development with a new Planned Development (PD-172), with a base zoning of General Retail and with a Mini-Warehouse permitted by-right.

The property is located to the east of Cockrell Hill Road and approximately 300 feet north of Belt Line Road, as provided on the Vicinity Map.

As provided on the Zoning Exhibit, the property in question is zoned PD-137, which has a base zoning of General Retail.  To the north and east it is zoned General Retail.  To the south, across Belt Line Road it is zoned General Retail as well.  To the west, across Cockrell Hill Road it is zoned Single Family and General Retail.

As seen on the Aerial Photo, the property in question is vacant.  To the north and east it is vacant, with single family homes further to the east.  To the south, across Belt Line Road, are retail businesses.  To the north of Belt Line Road and to the west of Cockrell Hill Road is a drug store.

As provided on the Site Plan, the Mini-Warehouse will consist of one building,  being 41,000 square feet in area and containing a total of 800 units.  All will be climate controlled except for 32 units.  Required parking will be provided to the north of the building.  There will be access to the site from Cockrell Hill Road and possibly off Belt Line Road, which is dependent on ONCOR and the owner of the tract to the east of the property in question allowing the drive.  A monument sign is proposed on the smaller tract located at the hard corner of Cockrell Hill and Belt Line Road.  The applicant will be asking for a deviation from the Sign Ordinance to allow this off premises sign.  The building will be three stories to the east and two stories to the west due to the change in elevation from west to east.  The height of three stories is another deviation, which will be discussed later as well.  There will be an iron fence, six (6) feet in height, built to the east and north of the building.

As you can see, there is a wide utility easement that separates the larger tract to the north from the smaller tract to the south.  The small tract is too small to be platted as a building lot.  But it is the applicants request to build a monument sign for this use at that location, due to its visibility.  The elevation for this sign is included within the packet.

The attached Landscape Plan, which meets requirements, denotes the landscaping along Cockrell Hill Road and within the parking lot.

Elevations of the building are found in the packet as well.  Most of the facade is made of stucco (55%).  There is also CMU (concrete masonry unit) and  Nichiha Panels, which is a fiber cement product like HardiePlank.  This product does not qualify as masonry in DeSoto.  Consequently, the applicant has asked for a deviation to allow it on the west and north elevations where the building signage will be.

In summary, the applicant is asking for the following deviations.
1.  Allow the mini-warehouse to be allowed by-right.
2.  Allow a maximum height of three (3) stories, rather than two (2).
3.  Allow the small tract to be platted as a nonbuildable lot.
4.  Allow an off-premise sign on the small tract.
5.  Allow the material Nichiha Panel to be used as denoted on the Elevations.  Not to exceed 10% of total building area.
Staff notified property owners within 200 feet and published "Notice of Public Hearing" as required by law.  Nine (9) notices were mailed to adjoining property owners, one (1) reply was received in favor and no (0) replies were received in opposition.
Attachments for case Z-1359-17


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