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  27.       
Meeting Date: 08/15/2019  
Prepared By: Robin Griffin, Planning Director

AGENDA SUBJECT:
Conduct a Public Hearing and consider action regarding Ordinance Case 19-OR-008 to amend the Composite Zoning Ordinance to update the submittal options associated with Planned Unit Developments (PUD); site development submittal procedures, application requirements, and review processes; modify the definitions; modify screening requirements associated with public school properties, and adjust the permitted fence height; Williamson & Travis Counties, Texas.
 
  • Discuss and consider action on Ordinance Case 19-OR-008 amending the Composite Zoning Ordinance to update the submittal options associated with Planned Unit Developments (PUD); site development submittal procedures, application requirements, and review processes; modify the definitions; modify screening requirements associated with public school properties, and adjust the permitted fence height; Williamson & Travis Counties, Texas.  Applicant:  City of Leander.
BACKGROUND:
This request is the second step in the ordinance amendment process.  The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 3167 that will take effect on September 1, 2019. This bill changes the subdivision platting process to enforce strict timelines for review and approval of projects.  Staff is proposing amendments to the ordinance to modify the site development submittal procedures, application requirements, and review processes as well as update the submittal options associated with Planned Unit Developments (PUD). 
 
In addition to the changes in response to the bill, staff is proposing to adjust the permitted fence height as well as the screening requirements associated with public school properties.
 
The ordinance amendments include:
  1. Updating the definitions section to add key terms from House Bill 3167 as well as a housekeeping amendment associated with the previous change to the Subdivision Ordinance regarding the Riparian Corridors.
  2. Modify the option to include the Concept Plan and/or Preliminary Plat with the PUD application.  The changes to the legislation provide for time lines that are not possible for subdivision applications that are processed concurrently with a zoning case.  The public notice process for a PUD takes longer because the notification is also placed in the newspaper. 
  3. Increasing the permitted fence height from six (6') feet to eight (8') feet.  The current ordinance allows for a maximum fence height of six (6') feet.  Staff has received a large number of requests for taller fencing from residential and commercial property owners.  The change would allow for the increased fence height.  The building department requirements do require a building permit for fences that are greater than six (6') feet in height.
  4. Updating the submittal requirements for site development permits.  These changes include providing the cut off time, adoption of a Submittal Schedule.
  5. Modify the screening requirements to respond to security concerns associated with LISD properties.
APPLICANT/AGENT:
City of Leander
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval of the proposed amendments to the Composite Zoning Ordinance.  The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval at the August 9, 2019 meeting.
PRESENTER:
Robin M. Griffin, AICP, Planning Director
REVISION DATE:
08/02/2019
Attachments
1. Proposed Amendments
2. Proposed Ordinance
3. P&Z Draft Minutes

  

    

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