KELLER — A committee charged with reviewing the Land Use Element of the Keller Master Plan recently discussed the first six chapters of the plan, recommending all to be reviewed and revised.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.The Future Land Use Plan advisory committee was appointed by council to make recommendations about which portions of the plan should be retained, deleted or revised.Members include Mayor Pat McGrail, committee chairman; Councilman Doug Miller, vice chairman; Planning & Zoning Commissioners Jay Brown and Paul Frederiksen, and citizens Melanie Belcheff, Peter Sackleh and Tom Soulsby.June 25, Tom Elgin, director of community development, gave a presentation to the committee with information about population estimates and projections.Data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 1940 to 2012 reveals a change in household size. In 1940, 70 percent of households in the U.S. were classified as married households. In 2012, the number dropped to 50 percent.“If you look at the chart, you can see some fairly dramatic shifts. Married couple households have dropped significantly,” Elgin said. “The corresponding increase is in non-family households, with just one person living there ... Family households are getting smaller in size.”The committee will discuss the other chapters at future meetings, holding two meetings per month. Three public hearings are tentatively scheduled for at 6 p.m. July 9, July 23 and Aug. 27 at Keller Town Hall. Recommendations will be made to City Council in September.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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