Looking at the agenda for Thursday's city counsel meeting, it appears that city staff have recommended 'denial' for the zoning request to allow town homes on that property at O'Connor and Lake Carolyn parkway. They list a litany of reasons (shown below) that we already brought up here, plus some.
Following the minutes from P&Z, it appears they recommend approving the zoning change. So, I'm not really sure where this will go. Perhaps KELLY USA can provide some insight. But, hopefully the counsel deny the request for the reasons listed by staff...
The property is currently zoned “TOD General Plan” for mixed uses, and is part
of an overall TOD General Plan that allows multifamily uses on Phase 1 (the
adjacent property to the south) and Phase 2 (the subject property). The TOD
General Plan defers most of the nonresidential “mixed use” requirements to
Phase 2 (this subject property).
b. The City Council approved this TOD General Plan – along with the TOD
Detailed Plan for Phase 1 – on the assumption that this subject property would
contain the bulk of the retail and other nonresidential components for the overall
mixed use development, as stated in the TOD General Plan. This also included
significant public open space at the corner of Lake Carolyn Parkway and
O’Connor Boulevard. The City Council also approved the higher density
residential uses due to the proximity of the adjacent DART rail station and to
help support not only the proposed retail uses on this property but also help
energize demand for retail at other nearby properties.
Density. The TOD district requires a minimum of 60 units per acre on property
nearest to a transit station, such as this property. The density of the proposed
development is approximately 19.81 units per acre.
d. Parking. A total of 192 parking spaces are being provided, including 170 garage
spaces (2 spaces per unit) and 22 on-street parking spaces within the 34-ft wide
private street paving.
The applicant’s unit mix includes 68 units that are 21 feet wide or less, including
16 units that are just 16 feet wide. Based on the width of these units, these
garages will have to be designed as tandem spaces (one car parked directly
e. Public open space. The current request shows 2,356 square feet of “open
space” within the development which will include trees and park benches with
trash receptacles. However, this will not be accessible to the general public.
"He doesn't know how to use the three seashells..."