Keller committee looking into Land Use Element

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Keller’s Future Land Use Plan advisory committee held its first of several meetings June 11 at Keller Town Hall.

The committee is reviewing the Land Use Element of the Keller Master Plan and will make recommendations to council about which portions of the plan should be retained, deleted or revised.

During the June 11 meeting, Tom Elgin, director of community development, gave an overview of the task ahead and the charge set by council.

“City Council feels an organized and coordinated approach is essential for this process to work,” Elgin said.

Committee members, appointed by the City Council, include Mayor Pat McGrail, committee chairman; Councilman Doug Miller, committee vice chairman; Planning & Zoning Commissioners Jay Brown and Paul Frederiksen, and citizens Melanie Belcheff, Peter Sackleh and Tom Soulsby.

Serving as a guide for city staff, the Future Land Use Plan helps address factors that influence development, demographics, land use patterns and future growth and development opportunities.

The existing plan was adopted in 1998.

Changing trends in housing is a current issue challenging both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, with more developers asking for amendments to allow for smaller lot sizes.

During a joint work session in February, council members and commissioners discussed options for updating the Future Land Use Element of the Keller Master Plan.

The committee discussed reasons the plan might need revising including easier readability for residents, developers and staff and because of changing demographics within the city.

“We are seeing more different housing types in the last four years than we’ve ever seen before in Keller, whether its homes for the aging population or larger homes on smaller lots” Elgin said.

Elgin also laid out a time frame for completing the project, with recommendations to be made to City Council in September.

Two meetings per month will be held with three public hearings tentatively scheduled for at 6 p.m. July 9, July 23 and Aug. 27 at Keller Town Hall.

All meetings are open to the public, streamed live on the city's cable channels (27 for Charter and 31 for Verizon FiOS) and streamed and archived on the city’s website.

For more information, including times and dates of meetings, go to www.cityofkeller.com.

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